Reflections on cultural heritage conservation and on the contemporary meaning of a conservation theory

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Cultural heritage conservation

In the field of conservation in our country, Cesare Brandi’s Theory of Conservation has been an undisputed, and sometimes unquestionable, doctrine, and has oriented Cultural Heritage protection officers. Undeniably it has earned its place in history, but maybe today it shows the unavoidable ailments due to age and raises questions on its being current, in relation to the changed feelings towards identity and “function” of the artwork, its perception and fruition, as towards restoration and conservation. A different perspective is offered by Salvador Muñoz Viñas, author of many publications, among which Contemporary Theory of Conservation. Thanks to his double expertise as art historian and conservator, with his reflections he tackles various topics, from the definition of restoration and conservation to the complex relationship between conservation and science, trying to provide an organic view, as a Theory in fact, to thoughts and opinions that have been circulating in the most varied shapes since the end of the last century.

The meeting will be held on the 15th of July from 10.00 am to 01.00 pm in Vicenza, Palazzo Cordellina, Contrada Riale, 12


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Announcer of the talk: Paolo Cremonesi

Erminio Signorini, moderator
Salvador Muñoz Viñas, professor of the department of Conservation and Restoration at the Universitat Politècnica de València, in Spain, and author of a number of publications among which “contemporary theory of conservation”

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