Symposium: Around Picasso

"Around Picasso: An insight into the relationship between material choices and failure mechanisms"
29/11/18

The international symposium Around Picasso: An insight into the relationship between material choices and failure mechanisms is organized jointly by the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and Museu Picasso (Barcelona) in the framework of the R&D Project “ProMeSA: Study of the mechanical and dimensional properties of commercially manufactured paint films and their influence in the physical and chemical degradation of modern and contemporary paintings” (HAR2016-75131-P) granted by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MICINN-ERDF), State Programme for Fostering Scientific Research and Techniques of Excellence.

This symposium will provide a forum to conservators, restorers, conservation scientists, art historians and professionals and students from related disciplines.

Topics such as:

1 - Characterization and documentation of materials present in Picasso’s paintings:

● Supports, grounds and paint films.

● Re-use of canvases.

2 - Failure mechanisms in Picasso’s paintings:

● Common alterations and failure mechanisms observed.

● Interaction between the artist’s materials and the environment.

● Interaction between the paint film and the substrate. Factors influencing the stability of paintings.

● Correlation between chemical composition, chemical-physical properties and mechanical behaviour.

3 - Conservation strategies. Latest research.

4 - Display, handling, transport and storage issues on Picasso’s paintings. Guidelines for their preservation to minimize degradation.

5 - Case studies related to the theme of the symposium.

Morning Programming

8.30-9.00

Registration

9.00-9.15

Institutional welcome
Emmanuel GUIGON, Reyes JIMÉNEZ GARNICA

9.15-9.30

Presentation of ProMeSA Project Study of the mechanical and dimensional properties of commercially manufactured paint films and their influence in the physical and chemical degradation of modern and contemporary paintings (HAR2016-75131-P)
Laura FUSTER LÓPEZ

9.30-10.00

Failure mechanisms in paintings
Marion F. MECKLENBURG

10.00-10.30

Micromechanics of historic and modern paints
Michał ŁUKOMSKI

10.30-11.00

Predicting metal soap formation and mechanical damage in historical oil paintings: a multi-physics chemo-mechanical model
Emanuela BOSCO, Gijs J.A.M. EUMELEN and Akke S.J. SUIKER

11.00-11.40

Coffee Break

11.40-12.00

Case study 1: Failure mechanisms in four of Picasso's works of 1917
Cecil K. Andersen y Anna Vila

12.00-12.20

Case study 2: The Three Dancers: preventive conservation measures to preserve the three images present on the canvas  
Annette KING and Joyce H. TOWNSEND

12.20-12.40

Case study 3: New insights into Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period paintings using in-situ infrared reflectance and x-ray fluorescence imaging spectroscopy combined with micro-analyses of samples
Emeline POUYET, Kenneth BRUMMEL, Francesca CASADIO, Sandra WEBSTER-COOK, Catherine DEJOIE, John DELANEY, Gianluca PASTORELLI and Marc WALTON       

12.40-13.00

Case study 4: Pablo Picasso's Mother and Child by the Sea (1902)
Keiko IMAI, John DELANEY, Sandra WEBSTER-COOK and Reyes JIMÉNEZ GARNICA

13.00-13.20

Case study 5: Scenes from the life of Picasso’s Still Life (1922): history, materials, and conservation
Allison LANGLEY, Kimberley MUIR and Ken SUTHERLAND

Afternoon Programming

13.30-15.00

Lunch

15.00-15.20

Case study 6: The Revelation of What Lies Beneath: The Link Between Picasso’s Rue de Montmartre (1900) and Le Moulin de la Galette (1900)
Will SHANK

15.20-15.40

Case study 7: Picasso’s Acrobat Family with Monkey in focus: an investigation of materials and techniques of an iconic work in the collection of the Gothenburg Museum of Art 
Mariateresa PULLANO, David BUTI, Eleonora PAPA, Eva NYGÅRDS, Loa LUDVIGSEN and  Jørgen WADUM

15.40-16.00

Case study 8: A Picasso paper collage of 1913–14: assessment of fragility and sensitivity to light
Charity FOX, Joyce H. TOWNSEND and Betty SACHER

16.20-16.50

Coffee break

16.00-16.20

Case study 9: Pablo Picasso in La Coruña: painting technique and links to 19th century procedures. The Portrait of a Bearded Man (1895)
Clara BODÍA, Lorenzo HORTAL, Adelina ILLÁN and Rafael ROMERO

16.50-17.10

Case study 10: From the movement of works to the movement of materials
Claire GUÉRIN

17.10-17.30

Case study 11: A study on the impact of cleaning processes by swab rolling and combination of a Liquid-Dispensing and Micro-Aspiration Device for the Sensitive Painted Surfaces as Picasso's.
Pierre Antoine HERITIER

17.30-17.50

Case study 12: Stratums as Representation: Picasso’s Interest in the Painting Layers from 1907 to the 1920s
Chikako TAKAOKA

17.50-18.10

Case study 13: A new insight into Science and Charity (1897)
Reyes JIMÉNEZ GARNICA

18.10-18.30

Closing

 

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29th november 2018
Museu Picasso. Lecture Hall
Plaça Sabartés 1

Limited capacity
Registration fee: 20€

Please contact us to register: museupicasso_reserves@bcn.cat (Registration period: from October 15th to November 28th, 2018)