Seminar on Restoration and Conservation
The Blue Period: New interpretations by means of technical studies

Friday January 30th 2015

Video of the seminar online

Photos on Flickr

The technical study carried out of the work from the collection of the Museu Picasso Barcelona Rooftops , 1903, was presented in the exhibition "Journey through the Blue: La Vie", which the museum exhibited in the autumn of 2013. The responses received from professionals from the restoration-conservation field made it evident that a seminar about different case studies of this period was desirable and necessary. The talks scheduled will deal with specific works from this period, that have undergone a complex creative process.

With the participation of recognized national and international experts, several recent studies will be presented that have revealed new information about the creative process of the Blue Period.

Seminar aimed at professionals and students of restoration and preventive conservation, as well as art historians.

-08:45 Registration and presentation of the documentation

-9am Welcome and introduction to the conference

Bernardo Laniado-Romero, Director, Museu Picasso, Barcelona

-9:15 -110:30am Reiterated evocations and vital process. Metamorphosis of an artist traditionally trained

Reyes Jiménez, Head of the Department of Preventive Conservation and Restoration, Museu Picasso, Barcelona

-10:30 - 11pm Break (breakfast)

-11:00 - 12:15am Picasso's Tragedy: Metamorphosis of the Painting in a Broader Context

Ann Hoenigswald, Senior Conservator of Paintings, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

-12:15 - 1:30pm "Woman Ironing" unveiled: Research and Treatment

Julie Barten, Senior Conservator, Collections and Exhibitions Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

-1:30 to 3pm Break (lunch)

-3:00 to 4:15pm Pablo Picasso's "The Blue Room": A Technical Study of an Early Blue Period Masterpiece

Patricia Favero, Conservator, The Phillips Collection, Washington

-4:15 - 5:30 The evolution of Picasso's "The Old Guitarist": A Look Beneath the Surface of a Complex Blue Period Masterpiece

Allison P. Langley, Conservator, The Art Institute of Chicago


  • Simultaneous translation included
  • Lecture hall (Museu Picasso, Plaça Sabartés)

Seminar streaming broadcast