No Ghost Just a Shell (1999/2002), Pierre Huyghe & Philippe Parreno | Van Abbemuseum | case study in ‘Inside Installations’ | Foto: Peter Cox

SBMK Summit

on (inter)national collaboration

Acting in Contemporary Art Conservation

15-16 November 2018, The Netherlands


The Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) was formed to manage the international project Modern Art: Who Cares (1995-1997). One of the results of this project was the foundation of INCCA: the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art.
Since the start of INCCA in 1999, many conservation related research projects have been carried out through international collaboration and the results shared through the INCCA website. SBMK continued to initiate projects, such as Inside Installations (2004 - 2007), Artist Interviews (1998 - 2004), and the international symposium Contemporary Art: Who Cares? (2010).
SBMK has taken the initiative to organise a new international symposium reflecting this background and to inspire future collaborations: Acting in Contemporary Art Conservation on 15-16 November 2018 in the Netherlands. The aim is to create a lively event where you can meet your peers, share current research and initiate new projects.

Museum Practices

One of the general outcomes of the research projects so far, has been a thorough understanding of the influence that conservation treatments and museum practices have on the future existence of contemporary artworks. Museum professionals and the audience are often actively engaged in contemporary art, sometimes becoming participants in the creative process, which poses challenging questions to the preservation of such artworks. These developments create new challenges for museum professionals and ask for specialist expertise, as they are in fact all acting in contemporary art conservation.


Several timely topics have been selected for this symposium and you are invited to present a proposal that either fits these topics or to suggest an additional theme, as the programme is open to include one more. The themes selected are: decision making, artist participation and oral history in conservation. As we are aiming to create a dynamic event, the format of the presentations need not be a plenary talk. Ideas for workshops and panel discussions are also welcome.

Please note

The Dutch project on the identification of plastics outside the lab will be the topic of the English spoken SBMK Day taking place just prior to the event, 14 November 2018. You are more than welcome as a participant on this day too, to make it a three-day contemporary art conservation event.


A ticket for the SBMK day (14 November) is € 125. For students and employees of SBMK partner organisations in the Netherlands it will cost €75.
A symposium ticket (15 & 16 November) costs € 150. This includes lunch and refreshments on both days. For students and employees of SBMK partner organisations in the Netherlands a symposium ticket costs € 75.
A combination ticket for both the SBMK day and the symposium will cost € 250.
A combination ticket for students and SBMK partners is € 125.

Registration SBMK Day and Symposium

Please registrate here for the SBMK day or the Summit or a combination of the two and choose your options.

Vanwege de privacy zijn alle contactgegevens verwijderd uit het ‘programma boekje’ (te downloaden hieronder). Geïnteresseerd in een onderzoek? U kunt via het contactformulier de contactgegevens opvragen van de onderzoeker.

in collaboration with University of Amsterdam and Cultural Heritage Agency

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