Research Initiative for Evaluating the Decision-Making Model
This research initiative applies the Decision-Making Model for Contemporary Art Conservation and Presentation (CICS, 2019) to case studies with the aim of testing and further developing the model's applicability.
At a Glance
|Research project||Research Initiative for Evaluating the Decision-Making Model|
|Administration||Prof. Dr. Gunnar Heydenreich|
|Faculty||Faculty of Cultural Sciences|
|Institute||CICS - Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences|
|Persons involved||Dipl.-Rest. M.A. Julia Giebeler, Dipl.-Rest. Andrea Sartorius|
Decision-Making Model for Contemporary Art Conservation and Presentation (Image: TH Koeln - CICS)
Within this project, the applicability of the Decision-Making Model for Contemporary Art Conservation and Presentation has been tested through practical tests, yielding an updated version of the model that now incorporates the research results. As a further outcome of this research, two case studies were published to share the applicability of the model when developing strategies for conservation and presentation.
The first case study elaborates and implements a conservation and presentation strategy for the interactive electroacoustic environment “T.E.K. (Thermo-Elektronischer Kaugummi)”, 1970, created by the German artist Wolf Vostell and owned by the Museum Ostwall at the Dortmunder U. The study also investigated questions regarding the original technical functionality and the intended interactive use of the environment.
The second case study addresses the conservation and future presentation of the iconic wall integration “Canopus” (1965) by Victor Vasarely, a leading figure in the Op-Art movement. In the past, the painting was extensively overpainted and removed from its original architectural context. The study documents the decision-making process while developing a conservation strategy and plan for display.
The research results pertaining to Wolf Vostell’s “T.E.K. (Thermo-Elektronischer Kaugummi)” will be included in the upcoming publication “Bridging the Gap. Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Contemporary Art”, edited by Renée van de Vall and Vivian van Saaze, Springer International.
The project was generously funded by the Wüstenrot Stiftung from 2019-2021.