2016 IIC Congress

Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works

The diversity of materials, processes and modes of creative expression that
make up our contemporary cultures present ever more complex challenges for
the conservation profession. Whether considering works of art, architecture,
products of contemporary design, or other media, the profession is having to
adapt to an expanding set of values and demands, while attempting to
maintain existing ethics, philosophies and best practices. Nowhere is this
seen more clearly than in navigating the delicate balance between the
artist’s or creator’s intent and the preservation of original materials and
procedures when these appear to be in direct conflict.

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