Citi India is partnering with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya for ConservArte- a Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project that entwines art historical research, scientific analysis, conservation and curatorial expertise to create exemplars of art conservation practice in the subcontinent.
Every year, for three years, 50-60 iconic objects of the CSMVS collection will be conserved and restored, art historical and technical studies will be compiled, exhibitions will be held and publications will be released. Scholarships will be provided to apprentice conservators from selected museums in India. In the second and third year of the project, national conferences on conservation will be organized at CSMVS. The project is being implemented by the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre.
The project commenced from March 01, 2015. A panel consisting of Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Director General, CSMVS) Mrs. Manisha Nene (Asst. Director, Galleries), Mrs. Vandana Prapanna (Sr. Curator) and Mr. Anupam Sah (Chief Conservator and Project Leader) have been involved in selecting objects for conservation based on their historical importance and conservation needs. This project showcases an example of Patron-Partner commitment by Citibank and CSMVS to the cause of art conservation in India and is an exemplar of a long-term impact project.
Objects that have been selected for conservation and restoration cover a range of periods, styles, schools and technologies. Conservation treatments are being implemented and the records of the various treatment processes are being compiled. Technical studies with the help of infrared imaging, stereomicroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, ultraviolet fluorescence , XRF, X-Rays are informing the conservation decisions. Art historical inputs as well as information on the material and technology of various types of art objects are adding to the information resource of the objects.
Activities such as workshops, technical meetings, and the conservation efforts can be accessed at www.facebook.com/csmvsmacc
Conserving the Collection
The caring path for 5000 years of our Art
An exhibition under ConservArte: A Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project
The exhibition is an attempt to showcase the nuances of art conservation through the medium of objects selected from the many works that were conserved and restored during the first year of the ‘ConservArte - Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project’ at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre.
It will showcase 50 important and iconic objects spanning 5000 years of history from the Indus Valley Civilization to the contemporary age, documented, scientifically examined and conserved at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre. This exhibition is an account of these iconic objects, the philosophy, principles and nuances behind the conservation of artworks, and a glimpse of the careful conservation treatments undertaken.
This exhibition is divided into ten sections that span a period of 5000 years, from the Indus Valley Civilisation to contemporary times. Every section is dedicated to a particular material pertaining to a specific time period. Each object is identified with a brief label text that introduces it. Select aspects of the principles and practice of art conservation are reflected in the narrative accompanying the objects.
The exhibition will be open to public for viewing from September 3–November 27, 2016 at the Premchand Roychand Gallery on the first floor of the CSMVS, Mumbai. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge (Museum entry ticket applicable). The exhibition will be open from 10.15 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
National Conferences on Art Conservation
National conferences on art conservation are being planned by CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre to be held in the second and third year of the project. The events, under the aegis of the Citi-CSMVS ConservArte Project, aim at sharing experiences and engaging in dialogue, in an inclusive environment involving professionals as well as indigenous communities.
The ConservArte Publication
A comprehensive compilation of case studies from the ConservArte project will be published. These publications will elaborate on the objects' art historical significance, technical studies, conservation considerations and decisions. The publication would offer perspective into the careful conservation treatments undertaken under the project.
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About Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)
CSMVS is an autonomous, not-for-profit organization established in 1909, under an act of legislation- Prince of Wales Museum Act (now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Act) of the then Government of Bombay and is governed by a Board of Trustees. It houses a mixed collection of 70,000 historic and artistic works of various materials and technologies. The museum raises funds for its cultural, conservation and educational activities through public support, projects, grants, and from the revenue it generates from ticket sales, exhibitions, and art events. The CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre was established in 2008. Besides taking care of the Museum collection, the conservation centre is conscious of its responsibility to work together with other institutions to strengthen the art conservation movement in India.
The fact that iconic historic and art objects spanning almost 4000 years of India's cultural heritage are being preserved with the support of Citi is a social and moral obligation which we at CSMVS Museum are proud to partner and participate in. This comprehensive project is also resulting in development of skills, livelihood opportunities, and establishment of standards and exemplars in this important sector of heritage conservation in India. We now look forward to curating, for the first time in India, a series of exclusive exhibitions on art conservation, to raise awareness and contribute in our own small way to set the stage for a national movement for conservation of the rich cultural heritage diversity of the subcontinent.
Head of Art Conservation, Research and Training
CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre
Inauguration of 'Conserving the Collection'