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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
070. (Collection Care) Preserving the art works

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The theme to treat in this annual meeting is very important for the museums, because preserving the art works the best way possible is always the goal to achieve; the best decision for an art work is never do a restoration of a piece unless the situation warrants it and is unavoidable to achieve its conservation over time. It is important to know new ways of preserving a work of art, since there is an exchange of institutions, our knowledge could grow about the ways in which other institutions work, and thus applied to our Museum if it works best way to the method of preservation is used, either it can be included within the conservation system. The importance of keeping a collection, is given by the need of leave a historical and cultural legacy to the new generations of each country and of course to the world; there is the need of go innovating to be more diligent in the care of the art works and not leave it as a need secondary to consider within the institution that custody a collection. In the case of El Salvador, our society needs to learn about the value that has the culture areas, because lately is the area that is leaves more unprotected and vulnerable, since not is seen as a primary need; works of art need and should be retained as the most optimal so that it lasts by more time in appropriate conditions. The museums have the obligation of care for the works of art that are low its custody, likewise is important instruct to our young in the value that implies a work of art, as is its value historical and artistic. The country can tell its history through the works and this is the area that needs most awareness in people. If we can educate people from an early age in the importance of culture in each country, we can get institutions more importance and support; many times, museums are forgotten or left last in the list of priorities of a Government plan. Currently at the Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE), we use several methods to help for the art works conservation that are found in the exhibit areas as in the deposit: one is the temperature measurement, the average handles 25°C (+ or - 3°C); another measurement that is performed is the relative humidity of the environment, which has an average of 52% (+ or - 3%); we have lighting control in the exhibit areas. As well we do a periodic surface cleaning of works of art.

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Aida Marcela Avalos de Cerna

Director of Registry and Documentation, Museo de Arte de El Salvador
I am an architect with a master in 'Restauración de Monumentos de Arquitectura (MRM)' at the 'Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC)' Barcelona, Spain; I did some courses theoricals and practicals in restauration of: paintings in canvas, wood, metal, clay and stone at the 'Escuela... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower