We are pleased to announce that a video on the conservation treatment of “Whaam!”, the 1963 masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein, is now online. This contribution was specifically realised for the arrival on display of the painting in the Lichtenstein’s show at Tate Liverpool, which had opened in September last year.

The materials used to create the painting are challenging for conservators, as they don't react well to traditional cleaning methods. At last, a ground-breaking treatment broadly based on nanotechnology has allowed us to clean the work in a safe and controlled way, for the very first time in the painting's history. The treatment has been made possible thanks to a new gel created by CSGI, leader team of the NANORESTART Consortium.
 
Read the complete post published on Tate’s website.
 
View the video on Tate’s YouTube channel.

The TATE NANORESTART science team has been focusing on the cleaning of “Addendum”, a 1967 work of art by Eva Hesse, finalising the mock-ups and carrying out an extensive cleaning system evaluation and refinement process.

Once the most promising cleaning solutions were identified, they started to evaluate which was the most effective and safe way to apply them onto the sculpture.

Alongside applications using cotton swabs and cosmetic sponges, different types of gels were also prepared, including the new polyvinyl alcohol/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVA/PVP) and polyvinyl alcohol(PVA)-based gels synthesised by the NANORESTART lead partner CSGI during the Project.

Further information about this part of TATE work is reported on the TATE website.

Updates will be soon available there and in the Achievements section of the NANORESTART project.

The team group of TATE currently working in the framework of NANORESTART, has some updates about its contribution to the project.

They have narrowed down the case study list to three artworks from the collection, each of which will be investigated in detail, replicated in a series of mock-ups used for testing cleaning options, and eventually considered for surface cleaning.

The first case study will focus on two sculptures created in 1967 by Michael Dillon – both titled Op Structure.

Further information about this part of TATE researchers work is reported in the NANORESTART section of TATE website.

Updates will be soon available there and in the Achievements section of the NANORESTART project.

 

The TATE NANORESTART science team and painting conservator Rachel Barker have started working on Whaam! 1963 by Roy Lichtenstein.

Whaam! is comprised of three different paint types, and this makes cleaning particularly challenging. This challange may be alleviated by the novel cleaning strategies introduced through the NANORESTART project.

In order to perform preliminary cleaning tests, several mockups were prepared by TATE researchers, mimicking the original artist's techniques. Samples are currenlty being artificially aged before proceeding to the next step.

Further information about this part of TATE researchers work is reported in the NANORESTART section of TATE website.

Updates will be soon available there and in the Achievements section of the NANORESTART project.

 

The conservation department of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, partner of NANORESTART, has recently finished the restoration of The Studio (L’Atelier) by Pablo Picasso. The cleaning of the surface of the artwork has been conducted using nanomaterials developed within the NANORESTART project.

Starting from the 8th December, The Studio (L’Atelier) will be back in display at the Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

The Studio will be therefore temporary moved to the Solomon R. Guggenheim of New York for the exhibition "Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim", on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

A gallery of the restored artwork back into Guggenheim Collection in Venice can be found here.

Further information about the restoration can be found here. (Italian only)

 

 

The NANORESTART EU project website has been recently updated and expanded.

From a new section, called Press Release, you can download all the articles and press releases about NANORESTART.

In the new section Achievements, you can learn more about the products to be developed within the project and read about their application on real Case Studies.

The Project section now includes detailed information about NANOFESTART ObjectivesConservation Challanges and Work Packages.

In the redisegned News section you can find the most recent articles for each one of the four news categories on this website: Updates, Dissemination, Events, and Job Opportunities.

Remember that you can also visit the Facebook page of the project and subscribe to the Newsletter to learn about project's updates!

 

Page 1 of 2