Art installations are often made for a specific place, and for a specific time. But what are the consequences if the lifespan of site-specific installations is extended because they are included in museum collections?
Tatja Scholte, art historian, researcher and conservation specialist at the Cultural Heritage Agency obtained a PhD the University of Amsterdam with her research into the permanence of this specific art form in the musealization process, partly on the basis of many case studies. She also developed a model to compare successive changes during the biography of the installations. This offers innovative insights and guidance when making decisions for the conservation and presentation of site-specific works, now and in the future.
Her dissertation has now been published by Amsterdam University Press as 'The Perpetuation of Site-Specific Installation Artworks in Museums. Staging Contemporary Art'. Via the link one can order the hard cover or download the open access publication.