On the restoration of Panamarenko’s ‘The Aeromodeller’ | Wednesday 8 May at 6 pm

Restauratie-case Aeromodellor
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Restauratie-case Aeromodellor
Panamarenko The Aeromodeller 1969–1971 Dirk Pauwels
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Panamarenko The Aeromodeller 1969–1971 Dirk Pauwels

Panamarenko’s ‘The Aeromodeller’ was purchased by S.M.A.K. in 1980, when it was shown as part of the exhibition ‘Art in Europe after ‘68’. It is one of the most iconic works in the museum’s collection. In 2004, the work underwent a large-scale restoration under the direction of Frederika Huys, S.M.A.K.’s restorer and then Head of Conservation.

In this discussion between Huys* and Jo Coucke** (art historian and curator) the various aspects of the restoration of this work are measured against the art historical and substantive value within Panamarenko’s oeuvre.

Practical details

  • Wednesday 8 May at 6 pm.
  • In the MSK auditorium. Entrance via the museum, Scribedreef 1, 9000 Ghent. Doors close at 6.15 pm.
  • In Dutch.
  • Entry is free of charge.
  • The S.M.A.K. works on display at the MSK can be visited by lecture attendees from 5.30 pm to 6 pm. The doors on Scribedreef will close at 6.15 pm. Exit via Hofbouwlaan.
  • Reservations via msk.educatie@stad.gent

* Frederika Huys (b. 1973) is the owner of and Senior Conservator at The Protocol Room, a studio that specialises in the conservation and restoration of contemporary art, which was founded in 2010. She began her career in 1997 with the research project ‘The Conservation and Restoration of Contemporary Artworks’, which was commissioned by the Flemish Community. From 1998 to 2010 she was head of conservation at S.M.A.K.

** Jo Coucke (b. 1955) is a freelance art historian and curator. He writes and lectures on international contemporary visual art, creates exhibitions and is a member of the Belgian Association of Art Critics. In the 1980s, he was Research Assistant to Jan Hoet at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent, now S.M.A.K. From 1986 to 2016, he was responsible for art historical work at the Deweer Gallery in Otegem, Panamarenko’s gallery, where he developed a longstanding working relationship with the artist.