As part of the RRM project (Restorers and Restorations in Museums), the idea arose of involving tourism operators in the area as well as tour guides and educators, initially for the 2011-2012 edition. Since visitors are curious about restoration and its issues, the initiative sets out to provide them with more information on these subjects which have been little considered up to now, partly due to lack of time and specific training.

Museum-goers differ widely in their needs, ranging from students at schools and universities alongside visitors from Italy and abroad. Each category has its own type of curiosity on the subject of restoration, and since tour guides and educators are the go-betweens in this field, specific in-depth meetings have been arranged for them.

As for the 2011-2012 edition, the speakers at the 2014 event were curators, conservators and restorers from the five museums involved.

The calendar of events for the 2014 edition, focusing on the museums involved, also included two preparatory meetings dealing with the history of restoration, held in the “Sala della Passione” at Milan’s Brera Art Gallery.

  • RESTORING WORKS OF ART: HISTORY, TASTE AND TECHNOLOGY, by Federica Giacomini

    Wednesday 5 November 2014 – “Sala della Passione” at Milan’s Brera Art Gallery

    Every restoration is the outcome of the culture and the historical period in which it takes place, and each project directly reflects the critical choices and techniques used on the body of the work. Her lecture examined the changing approaches to restoration over the centuries, analysing some significant cases while giving priority to works in Lombardy, highlighting the latest trends which are themselves subject to contradictions and difficult choices.

    Federica Giacomini trained at the Central Institute for Restoration (1994), graduated in literature at Rome University (1999) with a PhD from the University of Tuscia (2005). She alternates her activities in the field of restoration (mainly murals and stone materials) with lecturing at the university and historical research in the field of artistic techniques, the history of protecting and restoring works of art, alongside her interests in collecting artworks and studying museum organisation.

  • HISTORY AND CULTURE OF RESTORATION IN LOMBARDY: PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY THE BRERA ART GALLERY, by Mariolina Olivari

    Monday 10 November 2014 - “Sala della Passione” at Milan’s Brera Art Gallery

    During the meeting, discussion took place on old restoration projects and recent activities of the restoration laboratory at the Brera Art Gallery. It was also the occasion to outline the thinking and practice of restoration and its history in Lombardy.

    Mariolina Olivari, art historian and author of several publications on the artworks of the Lombardy and Veneto regions, is the director of the restoration laboratory at the Brera Art Gallery in Milan, and professor of theory and techniques of restoration for the cultural heritage specialisation school at Milan’s Catholic University.

  • RESTORING THE ANTONIO SOZZANI COLLECTION, by Lucia Tarantola and Alessia Devitini

    Monday 17 November 2014 – Diocesan Museum of Milan

    The meeting provided an occasion for a detailed discussion on the restoration of the drawings in the Sozzani collection, on display at Milan’s Diocesan Museum since 2014.
    The Sozzani collection consists of 105 drawings donated as a bequest by Antonio Sozzani, dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. The collection contains works by Luca Cambiaso, Guercino, Goya, French impressionist artists, as well as twentieth-century artists such as Fontana, Cocteau, Balthus.
    The main speaker was Lucia Tarantola, an expert in restoring paper items.

    Alessia Devitini, conservator from the Diocesan Museum, also took part in the meeting alongside restorer Lucia Tarantola.

  • RESTORING THE TWELVE TAPESTRIES OF THE MONTHS, by Annamaria Calvi Morassutti and Luca Tosi

    Monday 24 November 2014 – Civic museum at the Sforzesco Castle

    The meeting provided an opportunity to give Milan’s tour guides detailed information on historic restorations and maintenance work carried out on the twelve Tapestries of the Months, on display in the civic museum at the Sforzesco Castle. Fabric restorer Annamaria Calvi Morassutti and art historian Luca Tosi described the conservation issues, the history of the displays, and the complex iconography of the woven tapestries.