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ART & SCIENCE – New Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science research centre unites art and science

The unique NICAS research centre brings together art history, conservation and restoration with the natural sciences.

The unique NICAS research centre brings together art history, conservation and restoration with the natural sciences.

Re-blogged from ArtDaily 9/30/15:

Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS)“A new research centre, the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS), launched last week. Minister of Education, Culture & Science Jet Bussemaker officially opened the centre during an event at the Rijksmusum. The unique NICAS research centre brings together art history, conservation and restoration with the natural sciences, with the aim of improving the preservation of cultural heritage.”

 Art History, Chemistry, and Physics
“This multidisciplinary approach connects art history research with chemistry and physics expertise, as well as with ICT in order to develop specialised programmes. ‘This approach facilitates the development of new applications that help us to better understand, preserve and visualise national and international heritage’, explains Robert van Langh, Chairperson of NICAS and Head of Conservation and Restoration at the Rijksmuseum. ”
Improving Fundamental Expertise
“How much damage will be caused to a pastel during transport to another museum? How can we develop cleaning methods without affecting the chemical balance in oil paintings? How did painters such as Jheronimus Bosch set to work? These are just a few of the questions that will occupy NICAS researchers. From ICT techniques analysing the working methods of famous painters like Bosch, to research into the sociohistorical context in which painted rooms such as the Oranjezaal at Huis ten Bosch were created – all these aspects will be addressed by NICAS. Close collaboration between the fields of natural sciences, art history, and conservation and restoration enables vital research to be conducted. “
International Collaboration and Support
“NICAS is a collaboration between the NWO, the Rijksmuseum, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The institute will establish a joint research programme and a sustained research network that unites a range of disciplines. The NWO has made €5 million available for the first five years of the project. The allocation of the first round of applications for new NICAS projects is planned for autumn 2015. The NICAS concept is also supported by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Van Gogh Museum, the Mauritshuis, the Netherlands Forensic Institute and TI-COAST.”

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