The Plastics Project explores how a large group of fragile artworks can be preserved for the future. Every collection of contemporary art and design contains objects that are entirely or partially made from plastics. Identification of the material composition of the objects demands specialist knowledge, which in many cases is not available in the museums. The Plastics Project focusses on applied research into this large group of objects and brings together scientists, curators and collections management staff. The aim of the project is to improve the durability, visibility and accessibility of objects made from plastics. Thanks to the project’s do-it-yourself method, in the future collections management and conservation teams will be able to identify and monitor their plastics collections themselves and, where necessary, employ the appropriate conservation measures. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands is also training two young professionals who specialise in this field. The results of the research project will be made public during a seminar when the project is completed. The project is financially supported by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and the Mondriaan Fund. You can find more information about the Plastics Project on the website of the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK).
The project is coordinated by the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art and the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science, a collaboration between the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum and the department of Conservation and Restoration at the university of Amsterdam