Antonio Mirabile


The Antonio Mirabile SME has been working since 1995 in the field of conservation. Its activities are devoted to paper conservation and preventive conservation of cultural heritage. Antonio Mirabile SME has been working regularly for public (Pompidou, Carnavalet, Bourdelle, ENSB-A) and private (Fondation Guerlain) collections as well as for UNESCO projects (Egypt, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, DPRK). Particular area of expertise includes: the conservation of contemporary drawings, treatment of tracing paper and safety and reliability of conservation procedure for paper. It also works with many contemporary artists like Beatriz Milhazes, Stefano Arienti or Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, collaborations aimed at defining best practices and best protocols to record artist’s process and materials. The SME has been involved in the organization of different seminars; teaching projects and has regular collaborations with different research institutes like S.M.A.Art (Scientific Methodologies applied to Archeology and Art) Center in the University of Perugia and the CSGI (Research Center for Colloids and Nanoscience) in the University of Florence.

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Antonio Mirabile is a paper conservator and a consultant in preventive conservation. He studied Book and Paper conservation in Florence where he graduated in 1990. After working briefly in different privates conservation studios he went in France, where he currently lives, to pursue Post Graduate Studies (Master II) in Preventive Conservation at the Paris I – Sorbonne University. In France he is accredited by French Ministry of Culture to conserve and restore the cultural heritage belonging to the Muse?es de France. He works regularly for the National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Pompidou) mainly with architecture and contemporary drawings and for the contemporary drawings collection of the Fondation Guerlain. As UNESCO expert (Identification Number: 407238) he worked in various paper conservation projects in Yemen, Egypt, Mongolia, DPRK, Uzbekistan and Mauritania. Today he shares his professional activities between UNESCO missions, preventive conservation assignments, paper conservation treatments and scientific research in particular with the University of Perugia and University of Florence where he is involved in the scientific identification of unusual media and medium used in contemporary drawings and in the development of innovative methods in order to improve conservation treatments. Beside, from 2006, he has developed a leading presence in Brazil, where he teaches, via short trainings and master classes, paper conservation and preventive conservation. He is currently participating to research and teaching joint activities with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is the author and co-author of about 30 articles and wrote two handbooks published by UNESCO. He is an active member of INCCA, ICOM and the Blue Shield.