A la UNE

Pour la beauté du plâtre

Les superbes images présentées sur ce site de Martin Declève sont des reproductions en photographie argentique noir et blanc grand format de moules en plâtre - non de sculptures ou de moulages - réalisées soit à l'atelier de moulages des Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire à Bruxelles (numéro d'inventaire B.INV_), soit à la Gipsformerei de Berlin (G.INV_).

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"Echoes of Antiquity"

The Faculty of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw, The Royal Łazienki Museum, and The University of Warsaw Museum kindly invite specialists and young researchers from various disciplines to take part in an interdisciplinary international conference "Echoes of Antiquity" at the University of Warsaw. The conference will be held on 22-24th June, if the situation allows, in offline mode. We invite scholars whose research concerns the tradition of ancient art and broad reception of antiquity in disciplines such as archaeology, history, history of art, cultural studies, and literary studies but not limited only to these. The proceedings will be organised in three panels, each of them devoted to a different aspect: collections of plaster casts, reception of Antiquity in city landscape and architecture, and the Antiquity in modern culture.

Two days of proceedings will be followed by a tour in Warsaw, focusing on the places with the richest references to the ancient culture. We are also happy to announce that proceedings in every panel will be opened by the keynote speeches delivered by recognized specialists from various institutions. Proposals must be written in English and submitted to conference.echoes@gmail.com by 31st March 2022. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee which will select successful applicants. No fee is required. 

I Panel - The plaster casts of ancient art. The panel will be devoted to the history of making, collecting, and preserving the plaster casts of ancient art: sculptures, reliefs, engraved gems, parts of architecture, etc. Numerous casting workshops throughout Europe produced copies of prominent ancient works of art. For years they have functioned as ars, a priceless collection presented to the wider public. They contributed to a much broader extent to the development of European artistic culture and the formation of the first public museums and galleries. Plaster casts collections functioned also as educatio when they were utilized as a basic educational tool for students of painting, sculpture, architecture, or archaeology.

Organizational committee: Monika Dunajko (University of Warsaw), Emilia Jastrzębska (Royal Łazienki Museum), Michał Kuźmiński (University of Warsaw).

MUSÉE BUFFON, MONTBARD


En 1994, l'ENSA Dijon déposait au musée Buffon de Montbard une collection de moulages anciens en plâtre. Autrefois, ces plâtres qui sont pour la plupart des copies de sculptures et bas-reliefs antiques et médiévaux, servaient de modèles aux élèves lors des cours de dessin. Le 3 juin 2021, le musée de Montbard a défendu devant la commission régionale du patrimoine et de l'architecture de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, l'inscription au titre des monuments historiques de cette collection de 375 plâtres et a obtenu un avis favorable. Une part importante de l'histoire de l'école d'art de Dijon et plus largement de l'histoire de l'enseignement artistique au XIXe et début XXe est ainsi restituée et préservée.

Voir à ce propos



Le Musée Constantin Meunier (Bruxelles)

La maison-atelier que Constantin Meunier s'est fait construire en 1899 dans la rue de l'Abbaye à Ixelles et la collection qu'elle abrite ont été acquises par l'État belge en 1936. Trois ans plus tard, le Musée Meunier ouvrait ses portes au public. Aujourd'hui encore, ce petit musée intime reste injustement méconnu. Or, cette collection unique possède une valeur patrimoniale tout à fait exceptionnelle. Outre les quelque 75 peintures et 450 œuvres sur papier de l'artiste, elle contient en effet pas moins de 210 sculptures. La plupart ont été coulées en bronze ; 90 sont en plâtre..

Un nouvel aménagement de la galerie de l'Académie de Florence


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La Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze torna ad accogliere i visitatori con un nuovo allestimento, mirato a valorizzare la collezione degli strumenti musicali e le sculture della Gipsoteca. Un percorso espositivo inedito, fruibile a partire da oggi, 6 maggio.

Riaperto ufficialmente a partire da oggi, 6 maggio, il museo di via Ricasoli - noto per essere "casa" del maggior numero di sculture di Michelangelo - è stato oggetto di un massiccio riallestimento delle sale: una vera e propria rivoluzione, che ha comportato la movimentazione di oltre seicento capolavori sistemati all'interno di un percorso espositivo inedito e suggestivo. "È stata un'impresa oserei dire ciclopica, ricollocare tutte queste opere", ha raccontato la direttrice Cecilie Hollberg. "I lavori che sistematicamente abbiamo iniziato per risolvere i numerosi problemi conservativi dell'edificio, ci hanno messo di fronte a una grande sfida: ripensare l'assetto espositivo del museo, nel rispetto delle sue collezioni. Sono molto felice del risultato, che ritengo molto accattivante, e di poterlo condividere con il nostro pubblico".

IL NUOVO LOOK DELLA GALLERIA DELL'ACCADEMIA

Entrando verso la Tribuna, dove campeggia la scultura simbolo della Galleria - il David di Michelangelo -, il visitatore sarà invece accompagnato da una folla di personaggi: si tratta dei gessi di Lorenzo Bartolini, solitamente conservati nella Gipsoteca e ora distribuiti nello spazio secondo un allestimento tematico in grado di esaltarne appieno la qualità. Tutti questi busti e sculture, dedicati a musicisti, nobildonne e intellettuali dell'epoca, ripopolano in maniera corale il nuovo percorso, offrendo ai visitatori uno spaccato affascinante della società italiana del Sette e Ottocento. Insomma, una riapertura in grande stile, che sarà seguita nel corso dell'estate da ulteriori novità: su tutte l'ultimazione dei lavori sull'impiantistica e la realizzazione del nuovo impianto di climatizzazione funzionante in ogni sala.

https://www.galleriaaccademiafirenze.it/collezioni/


Materials and Techniques for the Coating of Nineteenth-century Plaster Casts: A Review of Historical Sources

Valentina Risdonne, Charlotte Hubbard, Victor Hugo López Borges & Charis Theodorakopoulos

.This review paper offers a summary of historical techniques and materials used to produce plaster casts and to treat their surfaces, as found in the historical literature. It reviews a selection of manuals, treatises, and recipe books on the art of the cast makers as well as a selection of patents related to the manufacturing of casts and the coating of their surfaces. The introduction to the review shows how relevant archival, historical, and technical investigation demonstrates that nineteenth century replicas are works of cultural significance in their own right, by means of a synthesis of background information. This paper also offers a brief introduction to plaster moulding and casting as well as a summary of historical recipes on how to treat the surfaces of plaster casts to change the surface properties or their appearance. This review aims therefore to provide a summary of materials used by the nineteenth-century plasterer, and technical information for the use of conservators, researchers, and curators who engage in the care and study of historical plaster casts. Examples from the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection support the information found in the historical literature.

Published online: 17 Jan 2021

Download citation : https://doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2020.1864896


Danica Beyll (texts) and Christoph Lingg (photographs). Materia Secunda.  Vienna 2019.

MATERIA SECUNDA follows the historical footsteps of Central European plaster castings, devoting itself to a widespread but little-known cultural heritage in Europe and North America.

It is about a search of places of production, storage and presentation of casts and models, showing not only public collections of exhibits and collections at museums and universities, but also takes a look behind the scenes in depots and workshops. 

176 pp., 105 colour and b/w pls. 25 x 25 cm; handmade textile cover with a plaster cast.

Order : on the web (s.v. Materia Secunda).


Une nouvelle publication 

du Musée du Plâtre

Les ports au plâtre. Le commerce du plâtre sur la Seine et l'Oise au XIXe siècle. par Jacques Hantraye comprenant 212 pages, 225 illustrations, 90 cartes et tableaux, au prix de 25 euros (20 euros pour les adhérents du musée).                     Contact : museeduplatre@orange.fr