Behind the Scenes: Conservation in Focus at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

10 March 2010 – 10 June 2010

 The work of the IAMM Conservation Centre receives little exposure but represents a constant battle to preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of the Islamic world. In Southeast Asia, especially, conservation is a ceaseless struggle against the ravages of time and an inhospitable climate. To ensure the provision of suitable facilities and skilled professionals, the IAMM Conservation Centre was established six years ago. Since then it has developed into a respected and pioneering institution with committed staff.

Despite their work often being viewed as inaccessible, the conservators’ talents are fully on view. The exhibition features 30 artefacts that have been selected on the basis of showing either an essential conservation treatment or revealing an important discovery. There are displays of the different materials with which they work, showing everything from bookbinding techniques to making pottery. For the technically inclined, there are gadgets galore.

*Publication for the exhibition is available at the Museum Shop, please click here for more information.

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