Contemporary Conservation – dry cleaning of plastic surfaces

Dia 1I forbindelse med vores plast afrensningsprojekt deltager vi i det internationalt symposium, Contemporary Art: Who Cares?, i Amsterdam fra d. 9. – 11. juni 2010. Se vores poster Contemporary Cleaning ved at klikke på linket.

Her er en sammenfatning på engelsk af posterens indhold:

Contemporary Conservation. Modern and contemporary art is characterized by the diversity of materials present. Although plastics were once thought to be an indestructible product of the 20th century, museum professionals are now challenged by their conservation.  

One pressing challenge is cleaning plastics´ vulnerable surfaces. While there have been detailed studies into the cleaning of acrylic paints, no structured research has focused on surface cleaning of three dimensional plastics. Currently scientists and conservators at the National Museum of Denmark collaborating with ICN in Amsterdam, the V&A in London and C2RMF in Paris are researching the risks associated with cleaning flexible and rigid plastics as part of the European 7th Framework research project POPART (Preservation of Plastic ARTefacts in museums).

Mechanical cleaning tools including brushes, dusters, cloths and sponges are being evaluated both for their potential to damage plastic surfaces and for their effectiveness at removing soil. A range of aqueous and non-aqueous based cleaning agents will also be evaluated. The long term effects of cleaning on the stability of plastics will be studied. 

A strategy to describe and quantify any changes induced in plastics by cleaning was developed. This included a simple technique to quantify damage caused by mechanical cleaning tools using photomicrographs.

Kathrine Segel og Yvonne Shashoua

Om Anja Liss Petersen

Konservator på Natmus
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