The conservation lab at the Stedelijk Museum has been internationally recognized as a leader in contemporary art conservation. Their treatments have helped to define contemporary art conservation practices, such as incorporating artist interviews as part of the treatment steps. The research constantly undertaken by conservators at the Stedelijk Museum has helped to advance our knowledge of contemporary materials, such as plastics in museum collections. Even as a pre-program intern, only just becoming aware of the tenets of contemporary conservation practice, I was aware of the research conducted by the conservators at the Stedelijk Museum and have been thrilled to join them as part of my third year education..
Since starting my internship in September, I have been able to participate in projects that will further develop my knowledge of modern and contemporary art conservation. Now half-way through my time in Amsterdam I have been able to participate in a wide variety of activities including the installation of the complex artwork, Brood and Bitter Pass by the artist Helen Marten. Consisting of over 100 objects, the 2016 Turner prize winning artwork, was a complicated installation. The individual components are meant to be modular, and placed by the artist during each iteration of the artwork. Unfortunately, due to schedule changes the artist was unable to be present for installation. Using documentation and instructions from the artist I was tasked with replicating the last installation and documenting the work for future iterations.