Conservation of Wall Paintings, Murals and Street Art – An International Perspective
Free Public Lecture
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A
Will Shank and Antonio Rava are highly experienced conservators who work on large scale artworks all over the world. They are visiting Melbourne to consult on the complex conservation issues of the Collingwood Keith Haring Mural. They will speak about the technical, ethical and community issues in the conservation of indoor wall paintings, murals and street art. Examples of artworks they have worked on in the USA, Italy, Spain, other parts of Europe, China and Cambodia will be discussed as well as Will’s work with the Rescue Public Murals initiative.
This promises to be a fascinating presentation which will be of interest to conservators, heritage professionals, architects, art historians and students.
This is a joint event organised by the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) and Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites (AICOMOS).
Antonio Rava and Will Shank are supported by the Victorian State Government’s Living Heritage Grant for the Keith Haring Mural at the Collingwood Arts Precinct.
Image: Tuttomondo, Keith Haring, 1989. Pisa, Italy. Photo: Dr. Lorenzo Pardini ©Keith Haring Foundation. Used by permission, all rights reserved. This mural was conserved in 2011 by Antonio Rava, Will Shank and others.
Mr Will Shank, Conservation Resources Management
Mr Will Shank
Conservation Resources Management
Will headed conservation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a decade before relocating to Barcelona. His work with preserving public murals won him the Rome Prize in 2005 and led to his creation of the American initiative Rescue Public Murals. Shank trained in art history and conservation in Florence, at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, and Harvard University. Will has conserved paintings all over the world. He was the curator of A Hidden Picasso at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In 2010 he won the American Institute for Conservation’s Advocacy Award and he was an organizer of the conference The Mural in the Americas at the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Research Institute (2003). The volume that he coedited, Conservation Issues in Modern and Contemporary Murals (2015), is the result of a symposium on the subject in Valencia, Spain. He has worked with the Keith Haring Foundation on murals in Pisa, Paris and Amsterdam.
Mr Antonio Rava, Società Rava E C S.r.l.
Mr Antonio Rava
Società Rava E C S.r.l.
Antonio is an Italian conservator specialising in contemporary art. He studied conservation at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro in Rome and has 40 years’ experience in the field. In 1979 he researched contemporary art conservation at the Department of Conservation at New York University with a Fullbright scholarship. Since then he has worked and researched for many Italian and foreign institutions. He teaches courses on Contemporary Art Conservation at Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” (To) and was responsible for the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna in Turin during the European project INCCA (International network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art). He is Vice President of the International Institute of Conservation, Italian Group.