by Snejanka Bauer and Maria Kokkori
This article was presented at the IIC congress The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries in Munich, 2006.
Marc Chagall painted Commedia dell’Arte for the Frankfurt Opera House in 1959. This painting is considered as one of the symbols of post-World War II Frankfurt. Together with 14 preliminary drawings, Commedia decorated the foyer of the new Opera. On display only for opera ticket holders, the painting endured for over 40 years without any conservation care. This paper describes how the painting’s historical context and technical examination affected conservation decisions. This paper also aims to contribute to the demystification of different attitudes to exhibiting, conserving and decision-making processes, as well as to emphasize the importance of collaboration between curators, art managers and conservators.
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