Business Day: By Fred Scott

Art conservators need an extensive knowledge of science and chemistry for preservation.
Only 5% of the world’s artworks will survive the next 100 years, according to the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Conservation and collection care are inherent aspects of owning art.
Conservation is as much about preventative care as it is about restoration when damage occurs, and there are some golden rules collectors can follow, particularly when handling and installing art. It is estimated that 85% of damage to artworks happens during transit.

Proper wrapping and stacking are critical, and while the use of bubble-wrap is good, there must be a layer of acid-free tissue paper between the plastic and the artwork.
It is important the bubbles face outwards because if one pops the chemicals released may leave marks on the artwork’s surface. Special care is also required when stacking two-dimensional pieces. They must be face to face and back to back and with works of similar dimensions so that a smaller frame does not lean on the glass of a larger one. This is a simple way to prevent damage such as tear …read more

Image : Wikimedia | Complex canvas: Conservators need to combine their knowledge of art history and practice with scientific skills.