2020 IIC Keck Award Nominations

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Demonstration as part of the IAMM Conservation Exhibition © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

As we gear up for the 2020 IIC Edinburgh Virtual Congress, we are excited to present the nominees for this year’s IIC Keck Award. The winner will be announced during the Closing Ceremony at this year’s Congress (2-6 November 2020). Read more about the nominees below:

Conservation in Action: Saving the Perth Mummy, Perth Museum & Art Gallery (JP Reid: Exhibitions & Interpretation Officer, Culture Perth & Kinross; Anna Zwagerman: Conservation Officer, Culture Perth & Kinross; Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 78 George Street, Perth PH1 5LB)

Conservation in Action: Saving the Perth Mummy was an exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery (14 January-19 April 2020) which showcased how conservators look after the objects in their care and promoted public understanding of conservation. Using material from Perth & Kinross’s Recognised Collection of National Significance, the exhibition explored the agents of deterioration, the techniques museum professionals use to treat or stabilise objects, and the ethical issues at play in consideration of culturally sensitive material. At the heart of the exhibition space is an enclosed conservation studio where visitors could watch the live conservation of TA-KR-HB, Perth Museum & Art Gallery’s Egyptian mummy, as she was treated. Other related work and events include exhibition films, an interactive “Ask the Conservator” blackboard, public and professional workshops and the development of a new museum including a major conservation programme to assess, clean, conserve and prepare the collection for installation.

The Château de Germolles, A tool to view the 14th-century wall paintings of the Château de Germolles in their lost original splendor. (Christian Degrigny, Francesca Piqué, Gaëtan Le Goïc, Alamin Mansouri, Vincent Detalle, Dominique Martos-levif, Aurélie Mounier, Franck Boochs, Cristina Tedeschi, Marco Cucchi, Jean-Marc Vallet, Anthony Pamart, Jean-Philippe Farrugia, Frédéric Mérienne, Matthieu Pinette)

The aim of this project is the design of an augmented reality visualization of exceptional mural paintings (late 14th century) in the best-preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy in France. The augmented reality experience effectively accompanies the description, during visits, of the decor documented by archives confirmed by an in-depth analysis and imaging campaign, but difficult to appreciate visually (e.g. gilded thistles). The non-invasive application allows dynamic and realistic lighting of the virtual decor reconstructed from scientific data on a device (tablet) that is easy to use and maintain, making it an excellent choice for the limited resources of the château.

Project of Conserving the Tarabin Castle in Nuweibaa, as one of the examples of historical urban buildings in South Sinai, Egypt (Rasha Ahmed Shaheen, Director of the Conservation Dept. Tamer Idrees Mohamed Idresss, Director of the conservation of the effects of the Gulf of Aqaba - South Sinai, Ministry of State for Antiquities.)

Rehabilitation of old buildings aims to preserve the structure of the buildings to be conserved and to support stimulating tourism for these sites to raise the economic output for them. The importance of preserving and conserving the architectural heritage in Egypt, especially Tarabin Castle in Nuweibaa as one of the examples of historical urban buildings in South Sinai in Egypt, was highlighted. Current status of it was documented. The horizontal projection of the castle with AutoCAD shows the main entrance and the rooms in the castle as well as the stable and restrooms, the documented steps for restoration, and placement of the castle after the completion of the restoration operations.

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, 10 years preserving sporting heritage (Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department, Sport Lisboa e Benfica Cultural Heritage.)

The Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department was inaugurated on 2 November 2010 and its mission is to ensure the valorisation, management, conservation, and restoration of the cultural objects that form the collection of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

Since its creation, the Department has taken an interest in passing on the importance of the conservation and restoration work through several channels: guided tours, in situ public interventions, social media and other educational activities.

These initiatives have not only made it possible to disseminate its working methodologies, but also to reduce the gap between sporting and heritage worlds. We promote our work through the social networks of the Benfica Museum - Cosme Damião, through #ReservaConservaçãoeRestauro.

Craig Deller, IIC Fellow, 20 years of public and professional teaching (Graduate Program of Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; PBS; Social Media)

For decades Craig Deller IIC Fellow has worn many hats in promoting conservation education and public engagement. He has been teaching in the graduate program of historic preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for 20 years and served two terms as director of communications for the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC). Craig has also appeared on the PBS TV show “Antiques Roadshow” (2000), educating participants and public viewers. Online, Mr. Deller has also assembled over 130 videos on YouTube, all produced by major museums and institutions, which properly portray our profession, combatting false ideas and examples of conservation. He has also established the popular Facebook page “The Art of the Conservator” starting in 2017, as a non-commercial, educational site for professionals and students, which now has over 10,000 international members. Not limited to one social media platform, Craig has also developed a large LinkedIn presence to enhance the profile of the conservation field.

On top of these accomplishments, Craig has also offered numerous public speaking engagements, tours, and webinars to the public and the profession.

Conservation—Craft or Science? Exhibition and workshop series by the Conservation Department at IAMM, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. (Mohd Azizi Mohd Azhar (Project Manager); Afiqah Bt. Mustafa (Assistant Project Manager); Lalitha Thiagarajah (Exhibition Manager & Budget); Nur Alifah Ajlaa Jaafar & Nur Mazidah Mohd Salleh (Marketing & Communications); Kristin Rattke & Nursarah Aqilah Radzi (Multiedia); Munirah Athirah Mior Adnan (Education Corner); Afiqua Bt. Mustafa (Public Programmes: Open Corridor Day); Mohamad Hanif Hafiz Md Shamlan (Public Programmes: Meet the Conservator); Hafizah Iryanti Mohd Nasir (Publich Programmes: Workshop Series))

Conservation—Craft or Science? is the title of the recently concluded exhibition at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM), curated entirely by conservators. The Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and the conservation department proposed an exhibition on conservation be held as part of the celebration. It was also the 15th anniversary of the IAMM’s conservation department. The team had only 6 months to conceptualise, plan and execute the project with a budget of only MYR20,000 (approximately 4,300 Euro).

The project included an exhibition of conservation case studies with the aim to highlight multi-discipilinary aspects of conservation and create interest among the Malasian public, especially the younger generation, including programming such as “The Education Corner”, a “Meet the Conservator” session, and workshops targeted toward private collectors and art enthusiasts.

Ghent Altarpiece, Phases 1 & 2: 2012-2019 (Conservators at KIK-IRPA)

The first and second phases of the research and conservation project of the Ghent Altarpiece were completed in December 2019, with the project’s third and final phase to start after the celebrations and exhibitions that are currently taking place in the context of the Flemish ‘Van Eyck Year’.

Equally important to this groundbreaking work is the way in which the KIK-IRPA, together with many other partner institutions, organisations and governments, have reached out to the public about their work. From the beginning, the conservation treatment was carried out in a specially adapted gallery in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. Through a large window, visitors could witness the conservators at work. The conservators provided regular updates on their activities during talks at the studio window.

KIK-IRPA further engaged with the public through exhibitions on the altarpiece and the conservation project in the Provincial Cultural Centre Caermersklooster in Ghent, the publication of several books for the general public, through numerous press conferences, through documentaries that were broadcasted on Belgian television, through public lectures both in Belgium and abroad, through interviews, through social media, and so on. It gave our institution the opportunity to familiarise the public with the importance of interdisciplinary research-based conservation treatments and to enlarge the support base for similar treatments in the future. 

An important and unique outcome of the restauration project is the project’s public website: http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be 

Taking emergency action: a rescue operation to save cultural properties in Brazil (Bethania Reis Veloso, Conservator, Federal University of Minas Gerais. Marilene Corrêa Maia, Conservator, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.)

The Fundão dam, owned by the company Samarco Mineração S.A., is a structure integral to ore exploration in the Mariana region of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Tragically, it broke on November 5, 2015, flooding a vast expanse of land along the Rio Doce with ore sludge until it eventually reached the sea. This was an unprecedented environmental, cultural heritage, and human catastrophe, leaving 19 dead. One village, Bento Rodrigues, disappeared, and the mud river seriously affected others.

An emergency rescue operation was organized in order to save the cultural heritage in the region affected by the rupture of the Fundão mine dam. The region is recognized for the richness of its cultural and artistic heritage, both material and immaterial. An exemplary set of churches stands out due to their rich and sumptuous golden and polychrome ornamental carvings in the Baroque style. The rescue operation began with a warning to local authorities on the urgency of saving movable and immovable property in the affected region, as well as the risk of theft and vandalism after the accident. Subsequently, a plan of action was drawn up and executed with support from the fire department and civil defence. The Minas Gerais Public Ministry subsidized all logistics. The team consisted of conservators, an architect, a historian, a local parish representative, and a photographer.

Throughout this operation, movable properties were recovered that were vulnerable to theft due to the abandonment of cities invaded by the ore sludge. Recommendations on post-rescue management were submitted to the responsible authorities. Reflections on the structuring and unfolding of the operation will assist in dealing with similar situations in the future. This experience, unique to Brazil, has emphasized the need to establish action strategies in case of emergencies and catastrophes, as well as to support the preparation of teams that can act in these situations.

(To see the full article and all the fantastic project images, read the October-November 2020 "News in Conservation" Issue 80, p. 36-39.)

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As we gear up for the 2020 IIC Edinburgh Virtual Congress, we are excited to present the nominees for this year’s IIC Keck Award. The winner will be announced during the Closing Ceremony at this year’s Congress (2-6 November 2020). Read more about the nominees here.
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