The Twentieth Century in Paint examines new media, pigments, dyes and additives that led to the creation of revolutionary works of art in the 20th century in both Australia and Southeast Asia. It considers how these materials impact on modern art's paint handling, performance and permanence. The results of our project will inform the preservation of modern art in Australia and throughout the region.

Our project brings together expertise from across Australia and internationally to focus on twentieth century painting conservation in the Asia Pacific region. In Australia the project partners are: Ass. Prof. Robyn Sloggett (Director, CCMC, University of Melbourne (UoM)); Professor Carl Schiesser (Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Chemistry, UoM); Dr Stephen Best (Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, UoM) as well as Professor John Drennan (Director - Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM), AIBN, The University of Queensland); Professor Jane Hunter (Professor of eResearch, ITEE, UQ); and Dr Nicole Tse (APDI, CCMC, UoM). Other partners include: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, Artlab Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery, and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (year one of the project).

International Partner Investigators include: Dr Tom Learner (Senior Scientist for Contemporary Art Research, Getty Conservation Institute, LA); Puan Zanita Anuar (Acting Head, National Art Gallery of Malaysia); and Mr Andrew Durham (Director, Artlab Australia). Other international partners include: the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, the J. B. Vargas Museum at the University of the Philippines, Silpakorn University in Thailand, SEAMEO-SPAFA, Tate (UK), and the Getty Conservation Institute (USA).

The Chemistry of Art

Two Chief Investigators and staff from two very different disciplines, art and science, have come together to work on a major new conservation project. A team from the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University is working to understand how modern artworks age, and how to best protect them. http://visions.unimelb.edu.au/episode/127

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