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Highlights in this issue

Science Surgery: The Contemporary Challenge

Brenda Keneghan, Polymer Scientist, Science and Information

The Conservation Department defines contemporary as the last 10-20 years. The museum has many contemporary objects made of synthetic polymers. Unfortunately, some have created conservation problems.

Difficulties In The Scientific Study of Synthetic Materials In Paints

Francesca Cappitelli, RCA/V&A Conservation (with the Tate Gallery), MPhil Student, 20th Century Paint Materials

There is little scientific research covering the various synthetic products which have been introduced as artists' materials throughout the 20th Century. In order to study the chemistry of synthetic resins the most common technique is Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).

SIGGRAPH 99, Or Why A Conservator Should Attend A Graphics Conference

Athanasios Velios, RCA/V&A Conservation, MPhil

Computer graphics is a perfect tool for introducing a new perspective in museum object presentation and has potential for reconstructing ancient fragmented objects. The SIGGRAPH conference is an important computer graphics event.

'My Picture Is A Sum Of Destructions', Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Fotini Koussiaki, RCA/V&A Conservation (with the Tate Gallery), MPhil student

A project to study the influence that synthetic painting materials had on the technique of Pablo Picasso is underway at the Tate Gallery. This is the subject of my MPhil research.