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Un restauro in corso d'opera

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Restoration is one of the activities through which safeguarding historical-artistic heritage is performed. The founding principles of this and the figures authorized to do so depend on the State: conserving is carried forth in agreement between the State and institutions that possess collections. The Museum, responsible for safeguarding works of art, must take care of direct and indirect maintenance and restoration and must adopt all measures possible in order to conserve works in their integrity. This task also involves the Museum in all restoration phases, not only when works are entrusted or results assessed. The Modern Art Gallery’s decisions concerning restoration stem from its support in analyzing and applying minimal intervention, aiming at maximum conservative success with minimal invasive strategies. In fact, each work must be accompanied by an entry that describes its current state of conservation and all previous interventions, listing restoration methods and techniques, so as to reconstruct the work’s past in order to plan restoration and maintenance activities in overall preventative conservation. With this in mind, the Gallery is involved in salvaging a tradition – begun in the early 1900s with Mario Bezzola, who was the director at the time, but then interrupted by the Civici Musei on the part of Gilda Rosa – characterized by the presence in the Museum of a restoration workshop with freelance restorers who contribute to and enrich the Museum’s knowledge of its heritage and the latest restoration techniques.