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Project description

During the twentieth century artists have used synthetic polymers to create important pieces that are nowadays recognized as masterpieces.

Unfortunately, some artefacts are degrading faster than had been expected and their conservation constitutes a challenge. Their is a backlog of knowledge and agreement about the way we can exhibit, clean and store them in order to lower their deterioration rate.

The focus of this project will be on art museum collections created with synthetic polymers (such as cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate and poly(vinyl chloride) with a special interest in polyurethanes objects and the application of coatings) and will focus on three dimensional objects as these frequently exhibit physical degradation.

The objective is to develop a European wide accepted strategy to improve conservation and maintenance of plastic objects in museum collections. Based on scientific studies and experiences gathered from partners, it is proposed to evaluate and establish recommended practices and risks associated for exhibiting, cleaning and restoring these artefacts.

Eero AARNIO - Pastilli Chair, 1967 - © Copyright - Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole / Yves Bresson