Inspired by the exhibition “Conservation in Action: Preserving Nirvana,” gain an understanding of the unique challenges institutions face when conserving monumental hanging scrolls, and how obstacles can be overcome through domestic and international collaboration. Philip Meredith and Tanya Uyeda elaborate on conserving Hanabusa Itcho’s Death of Buddha painting and Jing Gao addresses treating Chinese Imperial portraits. Naohachi Usami presents on conserving a Great Nirvana scroll for a Kyoto temple. Nicholas Dorman discusses working with a Seoul-based conservator to treat the Seattle Art Museum’s Korean paintings. Gu Xiangmei speaks on her work as the senior conservator of Chinese painting at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Nick Dorman, chief conservator, Seattle Art Museum
Jing Gao, Cornelius Van der Starr Conservator of Chinese Paintings
Philip Meredith, Higashiyama Kaii Conservator of Japanese Paintings
Naohachi Usami, president, The Usami Shokakudo Co Ltd
Tanya Uyeda, associate conservator, Asian Conservation
Gu Xiangmei, senior conservator, Freer Gallery of Art


Above: Image courtesy of Jacki Elgar.

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