The Project

 

 

In Bergamo, in the March 1995, at the conclusion of the International Conference Giovanni Secco Suardo. La cultura del restauro tra tutela e conservazione dell’opera d’arte (Giovanni Secco Suardo. The culture of restoration between the protection and the conservation of the work of art), a “vote”, presented by Marisa Dalai Emiliani, has been approved unanimously. In the vote, timely initiatives were urged to conserve and foster the knowledge of an extraordinary documentary patrimony, as vital for the investigation and conservation of works of art, as fragmented and exposed of risk of dispersion: the exceptional private archives corpus of italian conservator-restorers.

This was the start of the Italian project ASRI - Archivio Storico Nazionale e Banca Dati dei restauratori Italiani (National Historic Archive and Data-Bank of the Italian Conservator-Restorer), coordinated by Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo together with Istituto Centrale per il Restauro.

Together with the safeguard of conservator-restorers' private archives, their reorganisation, inventorying and opening to studies, and thanks to systematic explorations in the public archives of many foundamental conservation institutions, the project developed a biographic-documentary multimedia database (RES.I.) related to the conservator-restorers and their interventions.

The project ASRI, joined in by many other organizations and work-groups, has now reached ten years of fecund activity: a continuous interdisciplinary work, employing more than fifty scholars and researchers, art historians, archivists and conservator-restores, under the direction and guide of a Steering Committe and a Editorial Committe.

Thanks to the support of many persons and institutions and also to the activity of the research units, ASRI promotes and valorizes historical material on restoration, and considers the study of this material as a basic moment both for research and historical-artistic criticisim and for the consevation of the cultural heritage that must be based, especially in decision-making phase, on exhaustive and reliable knowledge of the intervention already operated on work of art.

The project ASRI, joined in by many other organizations and work-groups, has now reached ten years of fecund activity: a continuous interdisciplinary work, employing more than fifty scholars and researchers, art historians, archivists and conservator-restores, under the direction and guide of a Steering Committe and a Editorial Committe.
 

 

 

 

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