Academic thesis

Saskia Mench: Fabrics in the conceptual work by Reiner Ruthenbeck - documentation and conservation strategies Back
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Abstract: Conceptual works by the German sculptor Reiner Ruthenbeck (*1937 in Velbert) can include dark red
fabrics. The artist’s intentions as well as specific material choices and techniques are documented by
gathering information from artist interviews, literature and the investigation of ten objects owned by
museums. Essential characteristics like colour and surface appearance are specified A short digression on
documenting colours of contemporary fabrics in art enhances the results. An evaluation of the completed
documentation in consideration of the conservation of conceptual art is used as a base to formulate
conservation strategies. These will include the preservation and the possible means of conservation when
dealing with fabrics in a conceptual work by Reiner Ruthenbeck. A brief case study of the work „Aufhängung
III (mit Platte)“, 1969/ 1992 delivers information about possible condition alterations and allows the
assessment of a conservation concept.


  • academic institution: Technische Hochschule Köln
  • kind of theses:  Masterarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Gunnar Heydenreich
  • assistant Tutor:  Dr. Anne Sicken
  • date:  2015
  • Language:  German

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