"Ephemeral Monuments - History and Conservation of Installation Art" by . Ferriani

Ephemeral Monuments - History and Conservation of Installation Art . Ferriani

Getty Publications -
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
14 Mar 2013
Getty Publications
280 pages: 243 x 164 x 23mm

This is an indispensible volume for creators, curators, and conservators of installation art. Installation art is an evolving, often ephemeral medium that defies rigid categorization. It has also radically transformed the concepts of space, time, and the experience of art. The conservation field is faced with unique challenges over how best to manage and preserve the essence of these works. How detailed can documentation get? When does the replacement of original components become acceptable? How does the field cope with the obsolescence of certain technologies? By exploring the questions and dilemmas facing those who care for art installations, this book intends to raise awareness and promote discussion about the various conservation approaches for these works.

Barbara Ferriani is a conservator and teaches conservation of contemporary art at the University of Ca'Foscari in Venice and at the University Statale in Milan. Marina Pugliese is an art historian specialising in contemporary art techniques and conservation, and is director of the Museum of 20th Century Art in Milan.