Modern works of art, buildings and industrial objects made during the twentieth century, and particularly those dating from after 1945, are vulnerable because of the modern materials used and the fact that their cultural value has not yet been fully recognized. This has resulted in significant questions among policy makers, cultural heritage professionals and private individuals. Understanding the objects is a requirement for a good analysis of the most urgent issues and for making forecasts. Knowledge of historical and modern materials and techniques, the impact of restoration efforts, and environmental factors such as light, temperature, moisture, dirt and pollution, is essential in this context. During the 2021-2023 period, the 20th-Century Heritage Programme will compile the required knowledge with the assistance of professionals. The objective is to achieve a greater focus on optimal conservation, management and presentation. The programme has three themes: materials, tools and value & use. These themes will be addressed in eight projects. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is participating in the following projects:
- Collection Knowledge 2.0/Photography
- Painting Surfaces by Mondrian, Appel and Schoonhoven
- Synthetic Organic Pigments
- Collection Interviews: Interviews with artists, architects and makers
You can read more about the 20th-Century Heritage Programme and the different projects on the RCE’s website.