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Conservator Announced for the Panza Conservation Initiative
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has received a grant of $1.23 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to commence conservation work on the Panza Collection. The three-year grant will allow the Guggenheim to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the collection, focusing initially on the work of Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, and Lawrence Weiner.
In announcing the grant, Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum said, “Many of the works in the Guggenheim’s Panza Collection are ephemeral or conceptual and pose unique challenges to curators and conservators who strive to accurately exhibit and sustain the work for generations to come. The Mellon Foundation grant enables us to undertake the first critical phase of research and interdisciplinary dialogue toward what is envisioned as a long-term plan of action to address all works in the Panza Collection.”
Formed in 1991 and 1992 when the Guggenheim acquired 357 works from Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, the Panza Collection includes Minimalist sculptures by artists such as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Robert Morris; paintings by Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, and Robert Ryman; and a selection of Post-Minimalist, Conceptual, and Environmental art by Hanne Darboven, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Richard Serra, James Turrell, and Lawrence Weiner, among others. The ultimate goal of the conservation efforts will be to create a framework for the sustainability of countless other variable, ephemeral, or refabricatable artworks from the 1960s and 1970s in public collections around the United States and internationally.
The conservation team will be led by Carol Stringari, Deputy Director and Chief Conservator, and Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator. On May 21, 2010, Armstrong announced the appointment of Jeffrey Weiss to the newly established position of Curator, Panza Collection, and Ted Mann as Associate Curator, Panza Collection, who will begin work at the Guggenheim in August and early June, respectively.