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Keep It Moving? Conserving Kinetic Art
Proceedings from the Meeting Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the ICOM-CC Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group, and Museo del Novecento Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy, June 30–July 2, 2016
Edited by Rachel Rivenc and Reinhard Bek

Kinetic art not only includes movement but often depends on it to produce an intended effect and therefore fully realize its nature as art. It can take a multiplicity of forms and include a wide range of motion, from motorized and electrically driven movement to motion resulting from wind, light, or other sources of energy. Kinetic art emerged throughout the twentieth century and had its major development in the 1950s and 1960s.

Professionals responsible for conserving contemporary art are rethinking the concept of authenticity and solving the dichotomy often felt between original materials and functionality in the work of art. The contrast is especially acute with kinetic art, where a compromise between the two often seems impossible. Technological obsolescence and an artist’s chosen technology often carrying strong sociological and historical meaning are issues that must also be considered.

Keep it Moving? Conserving Kinetic Art is available online for free. This is the first born-digital publication the GCI has published with Getty Publications using new online digital software. The online edition of the proceedings—which displays kinetic art through several video links—can be found at:

The publication is also available as EPUB, as MOBI/Kindle, and as a free PDF. In addition, print copies are available for purchase at