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Man arrested after kicking painting

A 21-year old man was arrested last week after kicking a hole in a painting by Ottavio Vannini. The man wandered around the Milwaukee Art Museum for 3 hours before removing his shirt, pulling The Triumph of David from the wall and kicking it several times. Security guards rushed to the scene, but not before a hole had been created in the bottom right corner of the painting. This depicts the severed head of the giant Goliath, and the man later claimed that he had been disturbed by this image.

1 Apr 2007 to 7 Apr 2007

Sun damages native art at Alaska Airport

An important collection of contemporary native art in Alaska is being damaged by exposure to strong sunlight. The collection, which is housed in Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, was moved into a bright mezzanine level in 2004. Since then, many of the artworks have suffered noticeable degradation, including fading dyes and damage to organic materials from fluctuating relative humidities.

India and Australia collaborate to protect cultural heritage

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has signed a memorandum of understanding with AusHeritage, initiating a partnership to preserve cultural heritage in South Asia.

AusHeritage is a "network of Australian cultural heritage management organisations", founded by the Australian government in 1996. It aims to promote Australian conservation services internationally, and to provide assistance with conservation and heritage projects outside Australia.

New editors for Reviews in Conservation

Following Noëlle Streeton's resignation as editor of Reviews in Conservation, two new editors have been appointed.

Reis Magos fortress in Goa to be conserved

As a result of a tripartite agreement between the Goa government, the Helen Hamlyn Trust (HHT) and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), the Reis Magos fortress in Goa will be conserved over the next two years.
The HHT has donated 35 million rupees towards the cost of restoring the fortress, with Lady Hamlyn describing it as her "gift for Goa". The Goan government has pledged a further 50 million rupees towards conservation work in the region.

The fortress was built by Portuguese settlers in 1551 and was used to house prisoners until 1993.

Philadelphia's City Hall sculptures back on display after laser cleaning

Eight bronze sculptures by Alexander Milne Calder have been returned to their places on top of Philadelphia's City Hall after the completion of a major conservation project. The project, which cost over $2 million and took three and a half years to complete, was carried out by a Chicago sculpture conservation studio and by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The sculptures were painstakingly laser cleaned to remove grime from atmospheric pollution; this is the first conservation project on a major scale to use laser cleaning technology.

"Naughty" ceramic conservator's solo art show opens in Syndey

By day, Penny Byrne is a freelance ceramics conservator... but by night, she is a maverick artist, creating political sculptures which ironically send up her usual pretty porcelain subjects.

6 Mar 2007

CAMEO online conservation database upgraded

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has just launched a revised and upgraded version of its online conservation database, CAMEO (Conservation and Art Encyclopedia Online). CAMEO is "a free Internet resource that compiles and disseminates descriptive, technical, and visual information on the distinct collection of terms, materials, and techniques used in all aspects of conservation and production of artistic and historic materials". The upgrade was made possible by a 2-year grant from the Andrew W.

Walter Harris wins 2007 Banks/Harris Preservation Award

The 2007 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award has been won by Walter Henry. Henry is the lead analyst in the Preservation Department at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, Moderator of the Conservation DistList, and Creator/Administrator of Conservation OnLine. He has been given the award in recognition of his enormous contribution to promoting communication within conservation, and for his pioneering use of online technologies within the profession.

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