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The role of conservation in new contemporary art installations in new contexts: The case of Richard Serra's East–West/West–East in Qatar

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Stavroula Golfomitsou
Publicerad i Studies in Conservation
Volym 61
Sidor 55-60
ISSN 00393630
Publiceringsår 2016
Publicerad vid
Sidor 55-60
Språk en
Länkar https://gup.ub.gu.se/file/207368
Ämnesord Conservation of contemporary art, Corten, East–West/West–East, Emerging art markets, Installation art, Richard Serra, Weathering steel
Ämneskategorier Annan naturvetenskap, Konstvetenskap, Kulturstudier, Konst


In recent years Qatar has invested a significant sum of money on exhibitions of contemporary artists and public art. This paper discusses decision-making processes in the conservation of contemporary artworks installed in newly emerging art markets such as Qatar, where there are no established practices. In 2014, Richard Serra's East–West/West–East, an installation of four vertical plates made of weathering (Corten™) steel, which span one kilometre at heights so as to reach the level of the surrounding gypsum plateaus, was installed in the Brouq Nature Reserve near Zekreet desert, two kilometres from the sea in the western part of Qatar. The artwork is already considered by some a landmark for the isolated area. The plates have started to develop protective corrosion layers, although Corten™ is not completely corrosion resistant when located near coastal sites. They have also started to bend and are heavily inscribed by visitors. Conservation of public art is complex, as site-specific artworks are linked with the landscape and defined by the relationships they develop with the public. Art installations of this magnitude demand not only conservation measures but also a management plan. The isolated location, the scale of the artwork, the aggressive environment, and the lack of supervision and monitoring of the area challenge current practices but offer an opportunity to develop methods to preserve art of site-specific art in new environments and diverse audiences. Monitoring will allow a better understanding of the interactions of visitors with the artwork and will shed light on the material's behaviour in this specific environment.

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