CONSERVING MODERN PAINTS
In late July, the GCI with the Getty Foundation and the United Kingdom–based Twentieth Century Society held two workshops in London for grantees of the Foundation’s Keeping It Modern initiative, which is dedicated to the conservation of twentieth-century architecture around the world. The workshops—supported with a Getty Foundation grant to the Twentieth Century Society—brought together owners and professionals currently working on projects exemplifying a range of conservation challenges of twentieth-century built heritage to exchange knowledge and learn new skills.
The first workshop, on conservation management plans, involved more than thirty participants and fifteen outstanding works of modern architecture, including the recently listed World Heritage Site, L’appartement-atelier de Le Corbusier in Paris; Pierre Jeanneret’s Gandhi Bhawan building in Chandigarh, India; the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California; and the Arthur Neiva Pavilion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While conservation management plans are a fundamental tool in conservation practice, they have not been universally applied to modern heritage. The workshop provided the opportunity for practitioners to discuss a range of challenges specific to modern heritage, establish a network of colleagues, exchange ideas, and expand their understanding of this important methodology. The workshop included site visits to the National Theatre and the Barbican Centre and the opportunity to meet British colleagues engaged in this area of work.
The second workshop, which convened some ten projects dedicated to the conservation of concrete, included sites such as the Sydney Opera House, the Miami Marine Stadium, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Scotland. Given the growing number of listed concrete buildings and their conservation challenges, this subject is of increasing importance to the field. Participants shared information on diagnostic and investigative tools and methods, and colleagues from Historic England and the Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques in France presented their advisory and research work. A number of site visits to recent concrete conservation projects provided an opportunity for participants to observe recent approaches in this challenging area of conservation.