Training programme: Università Degli Studi Di Torino

Posted on Mon, 06/07/2010 - 20:17
Programme and institute
Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, University of Torino in collaboration with Centro Conservazione e Restauro, Venaria Reale - Italy
Conservation and Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art is s full specialization as part of the program Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, held at the Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale by the University of Torino. This programme is organized in collaboration by the Faculties of Natural Sciences and of Humanities at the University of Torino, and the Center for Conservation and Restoration in Venaria Reale.
Throughout the programme, the inherent value of museums and heritage sites in Italy will be exploited, as well as the knowledge and expertise that can be obtained from the professional community and other conservation courses, with particular attention to patrimony and art specialities of the region. The Italian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage have officially accepted the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage training program as part of the national university system. The Master is achieved after a five-year course divided into several specializations:
· Mural Paintings and stone works; Paintings on canvases, wooden polychromy, synthetic paintings and assemblies; Wood and Furniture; Textiles; Ceramics, Glass and Metals. More than 50% of the course time is devoted to practical training.
· At the end of the five-year corse students submit a personal work (thesis) as result of a conservation project in their chosen area of specialization, in order to become a fully educated and trained conservator. During the training students will be given a chance to work and learn in projects and stages.
· Students that complete all five years of academic training will be nationally qualified as conservators in one of the specializations
Special features
The fourth year of the specialization Paintings on canvases, wooden polychromy, synthetic paintings and assemblies is devoted to training in conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art. The students are dealing with real artworks in a conservation studio, besides doing workshops on specific conservation techniques and special arrtists materials – from paint systems and metals to assemblies, plastics and installations. They will have to analyze the material structure and the meaning of the artwork so that careful decision-making on the possible conservation treatment of the object can be assessed with the data retrieved. The actual conservation treatment and documentation are carried out by the students themselves under the guidance of professional conservators. New conservation strategies are addressed to manage the conservation and re-installation of contemporary artworks that have a performative character, incorporating change and interaction as’ material and techniques” like in installation art, or artworks with materials that will change because made of ephemeral materials like photographs and video, or immaterial matter such as sound or light. The training and the conservation treatments is performed with the collaboration and support of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM) of Torino, making available many works of art from his collections. The training program is closely linked to national and international research projects and the students are stimulated to take part in conferences and working group on specific topics in contemporary art conservation.
Entry requirements
Admission to the programme Conservation and Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art is granted to students of the specialization in Paintings on canvases, wooden polychromy, synthetic paintings and assemblies who have successfully completed the previous three years of course.
Primarily involved in the program of Modern and Contemporary Art Conservation is Antonio Rava, but there are a lot of lectures and workshops with related fields in the training program, especially paintings conservation, with members from the professional community.
Italian. Knowledge of English language is reccommended.
Chairman of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage: prof. Oscar Chiantore