Curation, conservation, and the artist in Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art

Emily O'reilly, Rose Miller, Judit Bodor

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-173
    Number of pages7
    JournalStudies in Conservation
    Volume61
    Issue numbersup2
    Early online date19 Sep 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Destruction in art
    • Post-war art
    • Exhibition
    • Museum case study
    • Behaviour-based conservation

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