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Preventative Conservation
Preventative conservation consists of actions aimed at preventing new phenomena of artwork/venue decay by solving serious conservation issues through invasive restoration. Fine-tuned at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro of Rome thanks to important figures like Cesare Brandi and Giovanni Urbani, preventative conservation is unlike restoration in that it does not effect single works, but rather the museum in its entirety, with an exterior, architecture, installations, and objects; this gives rise to a multidisciplinary approach and has by now become a process where expertise in fields like material chemistry, environmental physics, aerobiology, restoration, and museum studies all converge. The Modern Art Gallery shares these principles, and for some time has encouraged communication and exchange between different professionals, becoming a promoter of projects where schools and research centers are an active part in planning daily conservative maintenance. Among the Museum’s initiatives: conservative cataloguing of each work with its environment description, historical research, studies on the architecture of the building (including the original heating system), as well as handling/maintenance work carried out by specifically trained staff.