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Reinhard Bek

Reinhard Bek Prior to enrolling in the Conservation program of the HTW, University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Reinhard Bek apprenticed as a ship-builder in Hamburg (1993 to 1996), and completed internships in the conservation departments of several museums in Germany. He was a Fellow at the Swiss Institute of Art Research (SIK), Zurich, Switzerland, in 2001, and completed his training as an objects conservator in 2002. He holds a graduate degree in the Conservation of Objects. Reinhard joined the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland, and was Chief Conservator from 2002 to 2012. In 2005 he co-organized the symposium Moving parts on the preservation and documentation of kinetic artworks at the Museum Tinguely. He was a participant of the European Conservation Research projects Inside Installations and PRACTIC’S, 2003-2010. In 2009 he was a twelve-month Conservation Research Fellow with The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since 2012 Reinhard is partner of bek&frohnert LLC based in New York City.

Christine Frohnert

Christine Frohnert completed her training as painting and sculpture conservator in 1993, joined the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, and held the position of Chief Conservator from 2000 – 2005.  She holds a graduate degree in the Conservation of Modern Materials and Media from the Conservation Program of the University of Arts, Berne, Switzerland (2003).  From 2002-2005, she was the deputy head of the modern art section of the German Conservators’ Association, VDR, and was a co-organizer of the symposium From Setback to Success on the conservation of modern and contemporary art, held at Museum Ludwig in 2004. She worked with Cranmer Art Conservation in New York City from 2005 until 2012.

Ms. Frohnert was the chair (2008-2012) of the Electronic Media Group at the American Institute for Conservation and initiated the conference series ‘TechFocus’. In May 2012 Christine Frohnert and Reinhard Bek founded Bek & Frohnert LLC, Conservation of Contemporary Art, providing consulting and conservation services with a focus on technology-based art. Christine Frohnert was named the inaugural Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor teaching a seminar course at The Institute, entitled Art with a Plug – The Conservation of Artworks containing Motion, Sound, Light, Moving Images and Interactivity, Fall 2012. She is currently Time-based Media Art Conservation Curriculum Development Program Coordinator in the Time-based Media Art Conservation Curriculum Planning project team at The Institute of Fine Arts’ Conservation Center.