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Conversations on Conservation: Current Issues and Future Strategies in Decision Making

Produced in partnership with ICOM-CC, this panel discusses and debates the key factors that should be considered when making conservation-related decisions

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions presented in collaboration with TEFAF’s partners to share knowledge and expertise.

Conservation is an umbrella term used by ICOM to refer to all measures and actions aimed at safeguarding tangible cultural heritage while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations. This broad term encompasses approaches which aim to preserve and restore art works for the enjoyment and education of all, marking testimony to our cultural achievements and providing legacy for next generations. Conservation is complex and demands the collaboration of relevant qualified professionals. But who makes decisions within the field of care of collections?

This panel brings together three conservation professionals from three different backgrounds to discuss and debate the key factors that should be considered when making conservation-related decisions. The decision-making process should involve many different voices so as to ensure that all facets are considered. We will hear from the conservator, from the art historian, and from the conservation scientist what priorities and input each bring to the decision-making process.


Dr. Mirjam Neumeister, Chief Curator Flemish Baroque Painting, Alte Pinakothek

Dr Cécilia Gauvin, Scientist, CEO, S-MA-C-H

Lydia Beerkens, Managing Director, SRAL

Moderated by Kate Seymour, Chair, ICOM-CC

This TEFAF Talk in partnership with ICOM-CC was part of TEFAF Maastricht 2022’s programming and recorded live on June 25, 2022, and organized in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund.

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