Conservational challenges in dealing with Holocaust objects
The presentation will highlight different aspects of working with Holocaust objects in today’s memorials or museums. It will focus on objects which were artistically created from everyday objects in an active camp time and how the intersection between an object as a historic evidence and an object as a work of art or craft might change the way a conservator should approach it.
Is it possible to combine functionality, highest authenticity and readability and measure up to the standards of historical and artistic representation? Can art be displayed on the site of a former concentration camp and how will it be comprehended by a visitor?
With focus on the storage and exhibition strategies of smaller and larger memorials or museums, the decisions on which objects should be on display and which should not, the different approaches for a conservator in the field of Holocaust objects will be dealt with by using examples from the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Ravensbrueck Memorial.
Natalie Meurisch is a master student at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences. She gained her BA’s degree in the Conservation of Easel Paintings, Sculptures and Modern Art at the CICS and worked at the State Museum Auschwitz Birkenau and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.