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KIK-IRPA & EPITAAF vzw BRUSSELS 10-11 October 2017

Uniqueness and multiplication: plaster as an art material International Conference Call for papers
Scientific direction :
Géraldine Patigny(KIK-IRPA)

Tom Verhofstadt (vzw Epitaaf)


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Quarto Convegno sulle Gipsoteche

Possagno - Museo A. Canova : 2-4 ottobe 2015
La Fondazione Canova di Possagno (Treviso), ente deputato alla custodia e conservazione della collezione delle opere di Antonio Canova, intende realizzare il Quarto Convegno sulle Gipsoteche.
Come è certamente noto, a Possagno, paese natale del grande artista (1757-1822), è conservata una straordinaria collezione di gessi (modelli, calchi, repliche) delle opere del Canova. Furono trasferiti, dallo studio di Roma, dopo il 1822, per essere custoditi nel suo paese natale dove fu edificato un Museo-Gipsoteca, progettato da Francesco Lazzari e inaugurato nel 1836.
Nella struttura museale, costituita dalla Gipsoteca e dalla Casa natale, ha trovato collocazione un ricco patrimonio canoviano: dipinti ad olio, tempere, modelli in argilla e in terracotta, disegni, una biblioteca ed un archivio. Alla custodia, conservazione e consultazione di questo ricco patrimonio è stata preposta una Fondazione che si prefigge tra l'altro il compito di diffondere il più possibile e con ogni mezzo la conoscenza dei luoghi in cui è custodito il "pensiero" del grande artista. Oggi questo complesso museale è visitato da un interessato pubblico affascinato dall'arte del grande Canova.
Tra le varie problematiche che la Fondazione Canova deve affrontare c'è sempre quella della conservazione, del restauro e della promozione di un museo così importante, così speciale e così fragile quale è una gipsoteca (raccolta di opere in gesso).
Stiamo progettando due giorni di studio che possano mettere a confronto operatori museali, studiosi ed esperti per approfondire la conoscenza della pratica dell’opera in gesso come mezzo per la realizzazione delle sculture in marmo in modo da poter approfondire le tematiche legate all’attualissima discussione sul valore del modello, della copia e della replica delle opere. Questo tema è quanto mai attuale e su di esso si sta rivolgendo l’attenzione degli operatori museali pensando alla conservazione dell’opera d’arte, alla sua ricostruzione, alla sostituzione.

Il Convegno si svolgerà a Possagno il 2-4 ottobre 2015 e avrà per titolo:

IL VALORE DEL GESSO COME:
MODELLO, CALCO, COPIA
PER LA REALIZZAZIONE DELLA SCULTURA

Sono a chiederLe, con la presente, se da parte sua c'è un interesse a partecipare alle giornate di studio ed esporre una sua comunicazione che possa approfondire i temi del Convegno e possa far conoscere realtà museali o collezioni d’arte di opere in gesso.
Durante le due giornate di studio saranno sviluppate anche alcune tematiche specifiche affrontate dal punto di vista scientifico come:

- L’importanza del gesso quale strumento di studio destinato alle accademie, oggetto di collezione;
- Saranno illustrate collezioni di gessi destinate a diventare i luoghi per eccellenza di studio italiani e internazionali;
- Verrà sviluppato il tema delle Gipsoteche di artisti contemporanei.

Il convegno sarà anche l’occasione per presentare molte realtà di Gipsoteche italiane e straniere e per approfondire la conoscenza dell’Associazione Internazionale delle Gipsoteche.
In attesa di conoscere la sua disponibilità a partecipare al Convegno e di poterLa incontrare le porgo i miei migliori saluti

La Direzione
(dott. Mario Guderzo)
Contact : M.Guderzo
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Casting...

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin : 26th/27th November 2015
Casting.
A way to embrace the digital age in analogue fashion ?


A symposium on the Gipsformerei of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
26th/27th November 2015, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection), Remise

Dear Madam or Sir,
on the occasion of the forthcoming 200th anniversary (2019) of the Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop), the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums of Berlin) will organize a preparatory symposium. With this Call for Papers we hope to raise your interest for this event. For further information please read the attached document.
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Casting.
Ein analoger Weg ins Zeitalter der Digitalisierung ?


Ein Symposium zur Gipsformerei der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
26./27. November 2015, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Remise

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

anlässlich des bevorstehenden 200jährigen Jubiläums der Gipsformerei im Jahr 2019 veranstalten die Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin ein vorbereitendes Symposium. Wir hoffen, dass wir mit dem beigefügten Call for Papers Ihr Interesse wecken können und bitten zugleich um die weitere Verbreitung des Call for Papers an interessierte Kolleginnen und Kollegen.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Generaldirektion
Stauffenbergstraße 41
10785 Berlin

Contact
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Weiß wie Gips ? White as Plaster ?

Die Behandlung der Oberflächen von Gipsabgüssen - Plaster Casts and the Treatment of their Surface.
From Oct. 13th-15th 2016 the Archaeological Institute at Göttingen University will host a conference to mark the 250th anniversary of its collection of plaster casts of ancient sculpture. The focus will be on the problem of cleaning plaster casts and different approaches for the treatment of their surface.

For hundreds of years, plaster casts have played an important role in teaching, research and display. But plaster is a vulnerable material easily disfigured by soiling. The use of inappropriate cleaning methods can lead to an unsightly appearance which in turn may have contributed to the long-lasting disregard for plaster casts. But what is an appropriate cleaning method?
One approach was to apply paint on a new cast, either as a protective coating or in an attempt to imitate the original material. But more often paint was used to conceal a soiled surface. Further soiling could lead to the application of more paint layers, which over the years rendered all surface details less visible. How do we deal with these coats of paint today?
In the last decades of the 19th century, when producing und collecting plaster casts experienced its heyday, several attempts were made to instigate international exchange on these matters and to come up with generally accepted guidelines for the treatment of plaster casts. None of the initiatives had a lasting effect. This is where we want to pick up the thread: to exchange and collect information on current practice and to compare different approaches.
The target audience of the conference are conservators/restorers and curators of plaster cast collections and other professionals dealing with the surface treatment of plaster casts.
The envisaged subjects for presentations of max. 20 min. are:
• Consolidation of plaster and reduction of porosity to prevent soiling
• Historical and current methods for cleaning
• Concealing evidence of age, e.g. with the help of paint
• Colouring or patination of new casts
• Physical damage and other changes to the surface (e.g. mould, water damage)
• Multiple paint coats and what to do with them
In order to create a common basis for discussion we also welcome short introductions to the collections represented at the conference, either in the form of posters or presentations. These should describe current as well as historic cleaning and maintenance strategies.
Conference languages will be German and English.

CONTACT
Diplom-Restauratorin Jorun Ruppel / Dr. Daniel Graepler
Sammlung der Gipsabguesse
Archaeologisches Institut
Nikolausberger Weg 15
D-37073 Goettingen
Tel. 0049 551-397547
Fax 0049 551-3922062
jruppel@gwdg.de
dgraepl@gwdg.de

Destroy the Copy ! Conference - Part II

Freie Universität Berlin, 8-10 October 2015
In the last decades research on plaster cast collections of ancient sculpture has developed into a sub-discipline of classical archaeology and reception studies. A few exceptions aside the topic is usually approached from an archival point of view. It remains centered on the history of the collections, their formation and development and how they served as a medium for circulating and establishing the canon of antique sculpture and European art.
Two larger fields of inquiry, however, have so far been neglected: first, the specific process and reasons for the systematic destruction or neglect of cast collections; second, the use, display and reception of plaster casts outside of Europe, most notably in areas which were not familiar with Western (replicated) antiquity.
These are the topics our conference wants to concentrate on. At first sight seemingly unrelated, they combine a view from the so-called margins or periphery, prompting questions of how casts and the values they reified have been challenged, de- contextualized and transformed. In addition, we hope to get a better understanding of which aspects in the reception of cast collections including their rise and decline were a global or a local phenomenon.
We are looking for papers on the following topics:
-­‐ case studies on the active destruction, “disappearance”, and substantial neglect of cast collections
-­‐ theoretical concepts to place these developments within broader epistemological, social, political or aesthetic discourses of the 19th and 20th centuries
-­‐ plaster casts in museums or art academes outside of Europe
The conference builds on a symposium held in September 2010 at Cornell University in Ithaca/NY. It will be part of a series of events surrounding the theme of casts (“Abgüsse”) to be held in Berlin in 2015.


Abstracts of about 200 words should be sent via email by April 10th, 2015 to: Prof. Dr. Lorenz Winkler-Horacek, Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Freie Universität
Berlin:Dr. Lorenz Winkler-Horacek
and Prof. Dr. Annetta Alexandridis, Department of History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca/NY: Prof. Dr. Annetta Alexandridis
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