Research and conservation 'Double Negative' by Louise Bourgeois

 The modern sculpture made in 1963 and titled Double Negative by Louise Bourgeois (1911) was extensively analysed and conserved. It is a relatively early work by the artist who, while being French by origin, worked and lived in New York. The sculpture is primarily constructed of a plaster core with a latex rubber skin. Over the years the brushed-on latex has darkened and become brittle. Both the damages in the latex layer and the cracks in the plaster core are being treated with special restoration products that have been extensively tested before use. The possibilities for permanent storage in an oxygen-free show-case are being analysed in order to enable protection against further aging of the latex layer in the future.

Evelyne Snijders working on Double Negative by Louise Bourgeois in the context of her graduation project at the post-academic training course in the conservation of modern and contemporary art (SRAL), in collaboration with ICN. (photo: Sanneke Stigter/KMM)

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Project coordination: Evelyne Snijders, supervisor: Sanneke Stigter
Duration: Sep 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009