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NeCCAR aims to initiate a permanent international research network and to develop joint research projects and a training curriculum on the topic of theory, methodology and ethics of the conservation of contemporary art.

Standard conservation theory and ethics start from the assumption that art works should be preserved in their original state. As they do not recognize the inherent variability of most contemporary art works they do not provide adequate guidelines for their conservation. Theory development is still fragmentary and scattered over many different universities, museums and heritage institutions in various countries. This project brings together established and emerging academic and professional researchers to critically assess new approaches to the conservation of contemporary art, set an international research agenda and enable young researchers to investigate the theoretical, methodological and ethical dimensions of conservation of contemporary art in close connection to conservation practice.

NeCCAR is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and coordinated by Maastricht University (2012–2015). See NeCCAR project website for more information and the project partners.


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Project leader: Prof. dr. Renée van de Vall, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

More information 

Dr. S. (Sanneke) Stigter

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Conservering en Restauratie


NeCCAR's follow-up project is the EU-funded Marie Curie Innovative Training Network: New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art, NACCA.