Guggenheim conservation department


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s commitment to the conservation of the works of art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni acknowledges their exceptional intrinsic and historic importance, and serves the Foundation’s mission to consign the works to future generations.

The department of conservation is responsible for the Collection’s protection and preservation policies. Working closely with the curatorial staff, the department formulates conservation priorities, sets programs for preventive conservation and maintenance, and carries out conservation work on the paintings, sculptures and works on paper in the museum’s collections. The department sets guidelines for safe handling of the works and takes appropriate measures to create the ideal environment for both display and storage.

The conservation department also researches the works in the collection to acquire a better understanding of the novel materials used in twentieth-century art. This means the study of execution techniques, of the characteristics of the materials used, and of their environment, enabling an understanding of patterns and causes of deterioration and of consequent challenges to conservation.

The department collaborates with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Soprintendenza Speciale of Venice, and other Italian research projects and institutes, which include the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, and the Consiglio Nazionale delle ricerche CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Istituto Nazionale di Ottica INO, and the Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari del centro Smaart in Perugia. It also participates in research projects for the conservation of culture goods promoted by the EU, such as NANORESTART.

photo: Sergio Martucci