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VDR symposium "Artworks of the reformation - investigated and restored"
The German Association of Conservator-Restorers - Verband der Restauratoren (VDR)  e.V. - hosts its 9th Restorers-Day in the city of Luther, Wittenberg, from the 7th to the 10th of October 2015.

In 2017 will be the 500th anniversary, that Luther nailed the theses at the door in Wittenberg. 
The German Association of Conservator-Restorers (VDR) wants to remember this cultural political meaningful event in the theme year "image and the Bible" in the context of the Luther Decade with a symposium.
During three days, Conservator-Restorers and representatives of adjacent professions will show which achievements they accomplished at the preservation of Luthers heritage and which great influence the time of the reformation had on the inventory and the new creation of art and cultural assets.

Practice-oriented presentations and a wide framework programme enable an interdisciplinary discourse.
Online registration can be done:

Please note: The whole event is solely held in German language and there will be no translation offered.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

ARP's 20th Anniversary - Conference

The Professional Association of Conservator - Restorers of Portugal (ARP) has held their 20th anniversary on 18th September, at the Pharmacy Museum Auditorium in Lisbon. The conference, entitled "Synthesis and Prospects for Conservation and Restoration in Portugal ", reflected on the issue of the conservator-restorer profession and education. 
The conference itself had the attendence of the four Universities with academic education on Conservation-restoration. These including 
The board of Cultural Heritage and the national Laboratory of Conservation-restoration, among other institutions and colleagues involved in not only the preservation but also protection of the national cultural heritage, 


You may find ECCO's Greeting Note for ARP's 20th Anniversary here

November 20, 2015
University of Antwerp & Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium)

In recent years, research on material and technical aspects of the visual arts and cultural heritage has made significant progress.  Thanks to the optimization of existing research tools and the development of new imaging techniques, such as Macro X-Ray Fluorescence scanning , the quality of the research data is richer than ever before.  In 2013, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp started the Ensor Research Project bringing together an interdisciplinary team with the goal of investigating the material and technical aspects of the 38 Ensor paintings in the museum’s collection.  Supported by a parallel conservation treatment campaign, this project is enhancing the understanding of Ensor’s creative process considerably.  Other recent research developments include The Art Institute of Chicago’s conservation of Ensor's extraordinary drawing "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" (1887) presented in a book, exhibition and on line scholarly catalogue.

This symposium will present a mid-term state of the ongoing project, evaluating the present state of technical and scientific findings along with current theoretical, stylistic, iconographical and historical investigations.  We welcome papers on Ensor's life and work as well as discussions and research of creative processes in the work of his predecessors and contemporaries, and the presentation of new insights in Ensor’s studio practice obtained by analytical and chemical imaging techniques.
Proposals for papers (maximum 250 words) and a brief C.V. are to be sent before September 15 to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Applicants will receive a reply by September 30.
Conference language: English.

The symposium is organized by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Dr. Elsje Janssen, Director of Collections and Dr. Herwig Todts, Curator and Ensor Research Project Coordinator in collaboration with the University of Antwerp, Dr. Geert Van der Snickt, Chair Advanced Imaging Techniques for the Arts, Faculty of Science, Dr. Susan M. Canning, Professor, College of New Rochelle, New York, and the Flemish Art Collection – Museums of Fine Arts Antwerp Bruges Ghent.
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