Art Institute of Chicago presents: Conversation: Gloria Groom and Harriet Stratis on Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin. Mahana no atua (Day of the God), 1894. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.  © The Art Institute of Chicago

CHICAGO – As part of their Public Programme offerings for the summer, the Art Institute of Chicago will be hosting a gallery talk focusing on the work of French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguins.
The talk will be presented by Gloria Groom, chair of European painting and sculpture and David and Mary Winton Green Curator, and conservator Harriet Stratis. The pair will discuss Gauguin’s career-spanning experiments, presenting him as a consummate craftsman whose transmutations of the ordinary yielded new and remarkable forms.

Conservation and restoration of the wall paintings by Vlaho Bukovac at Bukovac House, Cavtat, (Croatia) by Helena Puhara + Lucija Vuković + Ana Požar Piplica

Conservation and restauration work on wall paintings by Vlaho Bukovac, "blue room", retouch, Vlaho Bukovac House Museum, Cavtat. © Ana Požar Piplica

This article focuses on the conservation and restoration work on wall paintings by Vlaho Bukovac (1855.-1922.), the founder of modern Croatian painting, which has been carried out in his birth house (today a museum) in Cavtat, Croatia. Funds were made available by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia following a tender in 2016.

Nepal will rise again! Preliminary Summary of Austrian-Nepalese conservation efforts after the 2015 earthquakes Martina Haselberger + Gabriela Krist

Re-erection of the Pillar of King Yoganarendra Malla on the Patan Durbar Square © Institute of Conservation, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Almost two years have passed since two devastating earthquakes hit the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal in April and May 2015. They caused losses and severe damage to its World Heritage Sites, which had already temporarily been listed as endangered by UNESCO. Immediate emergency response and conservation support of the affected sites were of utmost importance. These actions were not only essential to prevent further damage to the cultural heritage through loss, theft and weathering, but also to help local people to return to their daily routine.

IIC 2017 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference – Head, Hands & Heart

Head, hands & heart © HKB 2017

IIC’s fourth Student & Emerging Conservator Conference will be held in Bern on the 12th & 13th October 2017. Following on from the successful 2015 (Warsaw), 2013 (Copenhagen) and 2011 (London) Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences this conference will allow those at the start of their professional journeys the chance to discuss and explore the way ahead. The title of the 2017 conference is inspired by the Swiss educational philosopher Joachim Pestalozzi, whose credo of 'Learning with Head, Heart, and Hands' is also very applicable to the conservation profession.

12 Oct 2017 to 13 Oct 2017

14th Masterclass - Tracing Paper Conservation - July 2017

20|21 Conservação e Restauro, a Portuguese contemporary art conservation studio, has invited Hildegard Homburger to teach a two day workshop aimed at paper conservators.

This two-day workshop offers an intensive and personalized introduction to the historic manufacturing processes for tracing papers and hands-on practice with mending tears and losses, flattening, tape removal, dyeing, mending paper and lining techniques. Participants will understand the material properties of tracing paper and how these affect conservation decisions and treatments.

6 Jul 2017 to 7 Jul 2017
31 May 2017

Gels in Conservation Conference

The Emmanuel Centre, Westminster

Registration for the Gels in Conservation conference, London, 16 - 18th October 2017, has now opened. This conference is organised by IAP in association with Tate. It will be a gathering of conservators, conservation and other scientists, and students of conservation to present and discuss the theory and practical use of gels in various branches of conservation (paintings, paper, wall paintings, textiles, museum objects etc).

16 Oct 2017 to 18 Oct 2017

Painting Conservation Fellowship

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is offering a 12-month Painting Conservation Fellowship. The anticipated start date is September 2017.

Application deadline: 
20 Jul 2017

Collaborative Doctoral Programme PhD studentship

Strengthening and deacidification of cellulosic objects of the cultural heritage using polyaminoalkylalkoxysilanes. Application to library collections

Research will be carried out at CRCC (Center for Research on Conservation, National Museum of Natural History, CNRS)( and LPPI (Laboratory of Physico-Chemistry of Polymers and Interfaces, University of Cergy-Pontoise)(

Application deadline: 
1 Sep 2017

Book review: Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections

© UNESCO and ICCROM, 2016. This publication is available in Open Access under the Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CCBY-SA 3.0 IGO) license (

Aparna Tandon et al. ICCROM & UNESCO, 2016, ISBN 978-92-9077-247-7 (ICCROM) / 978-92-3-100162-8 (UNESCO)
Some books and publications are to be pored over at leisure and savoured at length. Others are for immediate consumption and reference. This booklet – 55 pages including annexe – is available for immediate download from the ICCROM web-site ( ) and sometimes, one imagines, for immediate referral ‘in case of need’.

Junior Paper Conservator

The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. The collection includes 1.1 million (art) objects from and related to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. In 2013, a completely renovated Rijksmuseum was opened to the public, with 2,000,000 visitors a year, a breath-taking building, an innovative permanent installation, beautiful exhibitions, a dynamic events programme and many fun facilities for young and old.

Application deadline: 
31 Jul 2017


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