The concept underpinning the project is that long-term conservation of contemporary cultural heritage can only be based on an in-depth comprehension of the degradation mechanisms that affect art materials, in line with the call topic scope. Our experience shows that the physico-chemical compatibility of restoration materials with the original art materials, is a fundamental requirement to minimize the risks of unpredictable side effects.
NANORESTART objectives can be grouped within four categories that interact synergistically to fulfill the target of long-term preservation of modern and contemporary cultural heritage.
The ground-breaking nature of our research can be more easily outlined by focussing on specific issues. The main conservation challenges that will be addressed in the project are:
Conservation challenge 1 - Cleaning of contemporary painted and plastic surfaces (CC1)
Conservation challenge 2 - Stabilization of canvases and painted layers in contemporary art (CC2)
Conservation challenge 3 - Removal of unwanted modern materials (CC3)
Conservation challenge 4 - Enhanced protection of artworks in museums and outdoors (CC4)
The NANORESTART project is articulated into eight work-packages (WPs) that will cover 42 months. A complete description of the work plan can be found here.
Otherwise, you can learn more about each single work-package, using the links below:
Work Package 1 - Management
Work Package 2 - New tools for cleaning
Work Package 3 - Surface strengthening and consolidation
Work Package 4 - Protection of surfaces
Work Package 5 - Nanostructured substrates for highly sensitive detection
Work Package 6 - Environmental impact assessment
Work Package 7 - Industrial scale-up and exploitation of the newly developed technologies
Work Package 8 - Dissemination and knowledge transferring to stakeholders