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The artist Werner Moron feeds since several years the desire to work with conservation as an artistic fact.

Since 1997, his “oeuvres-individus” emblematic of his artistic process, are exposed in destructive and often even extremely destructive environments. Werner Moron conceives the alterations form which they suffer as a metaphor for the environmental degradation; up to the point where he considers restoring his artworks.

At first, he doesn’t consider the use of specific techniques. By involving Boîte de Conserve and subsequently basing his project on knowledge and skills specific to conservation, he now intends to show that “something damaged is as original and eloquent as something new”

For Boîte de Conserve this collaboration means also questioning the meaning of conservation of contemporary art which, beyond the treatment of materials, argues the status of the work of art and the values guiding the conservation.

Boîte de Conserve explores with this project a new kind of dialogue with the artist: implicating the conservation perspective in the heart of artistic creation.

Martin Udo Koch, born in Tübingen in 1965, is working since 1985 in the art studio Kreative Werkstatt in Stetten.  Avid collector, the artist recycles everything that comes to hand, pots, toys, plastic animals, markers, CD, etc., to carry out its works of art in three dimensions which he calls “Denkmäler”, “Monuments”. His works are inspired by fairy tales and television.

Pinocchio, from the collection of MAD (Liège, Belgium) is a perfect example of the creation of the artist; many objects (figurines, dolls, pan, elements from a Kicker game etc..) made of various materials (wood, metal, plastic, etc..), fixed, usually using a glue gun, on a wooden structure previously painted.

The conservation state of the work of art is precarious. The major problem is a loss of tack of the adhesive used to attach various objects.

The aim of the project is to document the art work, to identify the various materials present and the type of adhesive used by the artist, and to study the behaviour of the latter (environmental behaviour, ageing, etc..) in order to determine the display and storage requirements. After this study the artwork will be restored.

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