This paper examines the preservation and curatorial approaches explored for the exhibition Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (November 2015–March 2016). The collaboration between the artist, curator/researcher, and conservators is considered and the evolving and flexible way in which transient pieces were presented/re-presented is described. The paper offers a case study in the context of this exhibition and argues that regardless of whether it is in traditional media (such as painting) or as time-based media (unstable and open to interpretation), Davies' work challenges a perception of artworks as finished, single-authored objects.
- Destruction in art
- Post-war art
- Museum case study
- Behaviour-based conservation
O'reilly, E., Miller, R., & Bodor, J. (2016). Curation, conservation, and the artist in Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art. Studies in Conservation, 61(sup2), 167-173. https://doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2016.1188250