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Contemporary Art Conservation at Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum
Contemporary Art Conservation at Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum

Contemporary art uses everything from latex and chocolate to live insects and computer software. Will it last?

Object Conservation – Salisbury Cross
Object Conservation – Salisbury Cross

Taken apart, cleaned, repainted, gilded, and finally reassembled, this ironwork cross took months to restore.

The Conservation of Tullio Lombardo’s <em>Adam</em>
The Conservation of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam

In 2002, this iconic Renaissance sculpture fell onto the floor. Learn how conservators picked up the pieces.