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The research project, DIAL for Complex Artworks: Digital Index of an Artwork’s Life, wrapped up with an expert meeting for museum professionals on Friday, 18 May 2018. The project’s initiator is Dr Sanneke Stigter of the UvA’s Department of Conservation and Restoration.


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The sustainable care for contemporary, complex artworks requires a altogether different approach than is appropriate for traditional forms of art. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of and gain insight into the influence that museums have on the ways in which artworks are presented to the public. This holds true for all museum professionals involved in making a collection available to a wider audience: from the photographer and registrar to the curator and conservator. With that in mind, each of these disciplines was represented within the project team.


DIAL for Complex Artworks - Expert Meeting
Expert meeting DIAL for Complex Artworks (photo: Sanneke Stigter)

Project DIAL for Complex Artworks was granted funding within the scope of the NWO programme, Creative Industry - Knowledge Innovation Mapping (KIEM). The KIEM grant allows consortia of researchers and private partners (in this case Kröller-Müller Museum and Wiel Simple Solutions) to develop sustainable partnerships focussed on fundamental or industrial research. The outcomes of the DIAL project were presented during an expert meeting for museum professionals on Friday, 18 May.

The UvA offers a unique, interdisciplinary the Master’s and Post-Master’s programme,  Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, for students with a passion for cultural heritage who wish to combine theory and practice.