Research report 2022 - Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History

“Wastework” or “Waste, Heritage and Art History”

Authors
Borgo, Francesca
Departments
Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom
Lise-Meitner-Gruppe „Verfall, Verlust und Konservierung in der Kunstgeschichte“
Summary
A research project led by the Lise Meitner Group at the Bibliotheca Hertziana is exploring waste, heritage and the links between the two. Taking a historical approach, it analyses the ways in which by-products of early modern artistic processes were not wasted but rather reused, often in other objects. The group also takes a contemporary view, reflecting on the role waste as a cultural product has played and continues to play in shaping our societies. The group’s ongoing “Wastework” initiative ties both these research strands together.

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