Primary target areas are those where there are ‘collaborating’ institutions that have very important collections that coincide with the types of objects, that we have selected for this project. Concentrated efforts will be made to improve the collection management and conservation expertise in Institutions in these States. It will provide us assessable achievements as actual collections will be addressed.
For example : Tamil Nadu has exquisite collections of bronzes and any project development of conservation of bronzes that is associated with a collection, say of the Government Museum, Chennai, will have national ramifications. Similarly, Kadatas, a particular style of accordion shaped book making is peculiar to Karnataka. Basgo Monastery in Ladhak, J&K has agreed to allow its sacred Himalayan art collection to be conserved and any guidelines for conservation developed for the Tawang Monastery (the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Asia) in Arunachal Pradesh will impact hundreds of monasteries in the region. Gujarat is the State for initiating textile conservation collaborations with, as the world’s attention is focused on the textile collections there.
Supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
This first phase of the Art Conservation Resurgence Project is a thirty month long project, initiated in February 2012. Through a collaborative approach it aims to create a seed base of reference documents that would help address outstanding issues in conservation of art in the Indian context and will serve the needs of practicing conservators, custodian of cultural heritage, cultural institutions, scholars, planners and policy makers.
The basic components of this project are:
i. Material and Technology studies
ii. Damage mapping & diagnostics
iii. Pilot Research projects
v. Conservation Education
vi. Sharing of Information
In the first phase the project activities will revolve around the following subjects:
• Oil Paintings
• Stone and Terracotta
• Ceramic and Glass
• Paintings on Cloth
• Polychrome wood
• Collection Maintenance
Systems and protocols in a conservation-restoration work environment
The CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre (CSMVS MACC) is an intrinsic part of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) Mumbai, formerly known as The Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. CSMVS is a museum of national importance, with a collection of 60,000 historic and artistic works of various materials and technologies. It is a non govermental, not-for-profit organization established in 1909, under an act of legislation – Prince of Wales Museum Act (Act III of 1909) of the then Government of Bombay. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, to whom Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the present Director General of the CSMVS reports. Since its establishment and till today, it is supported by the projects it undertakes and from funds it raises through public support for its cultural and educational activities.
CSMVS MACC, in its present form, is a four year old fledgling institution that is gradually being acknowledged nationwide as an upcoming premier facility for heritage conservation, research and training. The seed support for its establishment was provided by the Ministry of Culture Government of India and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Other institutions that have supported its conservation projects are the Media Art and Culture Division of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Bank of America Art Conservation Project and The Courtauld Institute of Art.
CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre (MACC), Mumbai, aims to spearhead heritage conservation-restoration, research & development and training activities in India as well as in other nations in the region, by encouraging collaborations and freely sharing its expertise.
CSMVS MACC is housed in an area of 4000 sqft in the Kalaghoda Art District of Mumbai. The facility has a climate controlled environment and round the clock CCTV surveillance. MACC offers its conservation, research and documentation services to various museums, cultural institutions and private collections. The facility is manned by a team of dedicated art conservators-restorers and support teams who are trained to conserve art objects of various materials and technologies. Mr. Anupam Sah, an art conservation-restoration strategist, practitioner and educator, heads the art conservation, research and training units and the centre is being developed under his direction, in consultation with the CSMVS Board of Trustees, Director General and curatorial staff. By virtue of its work and its dissemination practices, the centre is gradually making its presence felt across India and along foreign shores.
MACC presently is equipped with the following units. (Click on text for more information)
Education & Training Unit
Exhibitions and Events Support Unit
Research & Development Unit
Technical Analysis Unit
Supported Projects: CSMVS MACC takes this opportunity to thank all of you who are supporting our work.
Bank of America: Conservation of the 16th Century illustrated manuscript Anvar-i-Suhayli- created at Emperor Akbar's Atelier, The Art Conservation Resurgence Project is being supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.
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