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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.

Research

Lectures

Bek & Frohnert LLC

in collaboration with Richard Bloes, Whitney Museum of American Art: Preserving The CRT: Paik’s Magnet TV and V-yramid. Conference ‘Conserving and Exhibiting the Works of Nam June Paik’. June 26, 2013, Lunder Conservation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington.

A Destructive Happening and its Relicts: Jean Tinguely’s Homage to New York. Conference ‘Making and Transforming Art: Changes in Artists Materials and Practice’. International conference of the ICOM-CC working group on Art Technological Source Research (ATSR), November 22/23, 2012, Brussels, The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA).

Reinhard Bek

Preserving Moving Sculptures – Between Material and Ephemeral. Summer Institute in Technical Art History, Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, June 13, 2013.

Walking the Line: Between Replacement and Preservation in Technology-Based Art. International Symposium ‘Contemporary Art Who Cares’?, Amsterdam, June 9-11, 2010.

Ready Made, Speed and Artist’s Technology: About the Preservation of Jean Tinguely’s Machinery. Lecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, April 30, 2009.

Possibilities for the Documentation of Movement. Seminar at the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP), Paris, November 17/18, 2006.

Recording Movement – Between Material and Ephemeral. Third workshop of the European Union project ‘Inside Installations’, Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, December 2, 2005.

L’Art Brut – Between Genius and Madness. Symposium ‘Borderlines’, Skovgaard Museum, September 10, 2005.

Conceptual Artworks Disappear – Do they? Exhibition and symposium ‘Things that Might Disappear’, German-Danish Gallery, Berlin, May 6, 2005.

The ‘Ballet des Pauvres’ by Jean Tinguely – an Endless Game? Symposium on the conservation of kinetic works of art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, April 8/9, 2005.

Conserving Junk and Movement – Machines by Jean Tinguely. 20th congress of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), Bilbao, September 13-17, 2004.

The Art-Technological Documentation of Machines by Jean Tinguely. Annual conference of the association of the Swiss art-historians (VKKS), Museum of Fine Arts, Lucerne, June 25/26, 2004.

Tinguely – Bewegung und Verschleiss. Possibilities of preventive conservation on kinetic sculptures by Jean Tinguely. Lecture on the occasion of the fellowship at the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK), Zurich, June 28, 2001.

The Tarot-Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle. Symposium Gardens, Skovgaard Museum, Viborg (Denmark), August 19, 1999.

Christine Frohnert

Afterlives of Performances in Visual Art, 101st Annual CAA Conference, New York, February, 2013

Conservation of Historic CRT-based Artworks from the ‘60s. AIC Annual Meeting 2012, EMG  session, May 2012.

Overcoming Obsolescence: The Examination, Documentation, and Preservation of Nam June Paik’s TV Cello, 1996: Lisa Conte, Christine Frohnert, Lisa Nelson, Julia Sybalsky, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, presented at the AIC Annual Meeting June 2011.

New Media, New Challenges, New Documentation: The Documentation and Treatment of Nam June Paik’s, TV  Cello: Lisa Conte, Christine Frohnert, Lisa Nelson, Julia Sybalsky, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University presented at the Eastern Analytical Symposium, Somerset, New Jersey, November 2010.

Preservation of Interactive Installations from the late 1960s – at the Instance of the Artist/Engineer Collaboration E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), Lecture held at the EMG session of the 37th AIC Annual Meeting in L.A, May 2009.

Conservation of Magnetic and Optical Media, EMG sponsored Workshop held at the 37th AIC Annual Meeting in L.A.,  Instructors: Christine Frohnert, Conservator for Contemporary Art, Modern Materials and Media, Sarah Stauderman, Smithsonian Institution and Hannah Frost, Stanford Library, May 2009.

Optical Data Carries on Polycarbonate -  Mechanical Damage and Considerations for Conservation/Restoration, ‘Symposium: copy digitize restore? kopieren, digitalisieren, restaurieren? – Strategien zur Konservierung von Video/Strategies on the Conservation of Video’, Symposium el_media Group VDR, imai Duesseldorf, December 2006.

Beuys: Fugitive Materials, Lecture at the Tate, London April 2005.

Bugs in Museums, Assessment Report Museum Ludwig Monitoring and Prevention, Conference at the University of Arts, Berne, Program Conservation and Restoration, February 2005.

Changes of Synthetic-Organic Works of Art – Monitoring of Degradation Phenomena at the Instance of the Collection of the Museum Ludwig, 4. Symposium of the AXA Art Conservation Project in Cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum, Loerrach, November 2004.

Changes of Synthetic-Organic Works of Art – Monitoring of Degradation Phenomena at the Instance of the Collection of the Museum Ludwig, ‘KUNSTSTOFFKUNST/Plastic Art-Conference’, University of Arts, Berne, September 2003.

E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology  – The Collaboration between Artist and Engineers in the late 60′s in the US,  VDR 2.Conference: ‘Installations’, Modern Art Section VDR, Pinakothek der Moderne, Muenchen, December 2002.

Preservation of contemporary electric/electronic art – Wishful Thinking?, DRV and SKR Conference, Basel, April 2001.

Preservation of Contemporary Electric/Electronic Art at the Ludwig Museum, Interim Meeting: ‘ICOM-CC Modern Materials Working Group’, CICS (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences), Koeln, March 2001.

Preservation of Contemporary Electric/Electronic Art at the Ludwig Museum, CAT, Restaurierungskolloquium, Landesmuseum fuer Arbeit, Mannheim, 2001.

Comments on Exhibitions and Loans at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Museum Ludwig, International Symposium: ‘Art in Transit’, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, April 1997.

Publications

Reinhard Bek

Conserving the Kinetic: Mechanical Sculptures by Jean Tinguely. In: Museum Tinguely, Basel: The Collection. Berlin, Heidelberg 2012.

Between Ephemeral and Material – Documentation and Preservation of Technology-Based works of Art. In: T. Scholte, G. Wharton (Ed.): Inside Installations. Theory and practise in the care of complex artworks. Amsterdam 2011.

Künstlerisches Schaffen im Lager. In: Elsbeth Kasser Stiftung, Zürich: GURS – Ein Internierungslager. Basel 2009.

Das Windrad Libbenichen: Zur Erhaltung eines Windrades aus der Frühzeit der Stromgewinnung aus Windkraft. Saarbrücken 2008.

Erhalten Bedeutet Formulieren, in ; Koelnmesse: Museen und Kulturerbe in einer globalisierten Welt. Munich 2007.

The Documentation of Kinetic Art, in: CORÉ, Conservation et restauration du patrimoine culturel, No. 19, Paris 2007.

Collaboration in the three year European Union project Inside Installations: Publication of the research results on the homepage www.inside-installations.org as well as in the journal published at the end of the project.

The Art-Technological Documentation of Machines by Jean Tinguely, in: ZAK, Journal of Swiss Archaeology and Art History, No. 53 / 2004.

RESTAURO, Journal for Techniques in Art, Restoration and Museum Queries 4 / 2005: Co-editor with Dr. H. Stahlhut and the editorial staff of RESTAURO.

Conserving Junk and Movement: Machines by Jean Tinguely, in: The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC): Contributions to the 20th Congress in Bilbao, September 13-17, 2004.

On Artists’ Assistance, a Lamp and its Conservation, in: UBS and Museum Jean Tinguely (Ed.): Jean Tinguely – The Luminator. Bern 2003.

Moveable Cultural Assets – a Correspondence about its Collecting, Preservation and Use, in: M. Bullinger (Ed.): Motor scooter – Legend and life awareness, Stuttgart 1999.

Christine Frohnert

Conservation of Historic CRT-based Artworks from the ‘60s. In: ‘Electronic Media Review’, AIC (American Institute for Conservation), EMG Specialty Group publication, Volume 2, Nr. 1. publication expected fall 2013.

Overcoming Obsolescence: The Examination, Documentation, and Preservation of Nam June Paik’s TV Cello, 1996: Lisa Conte, Christine Frohnert, Lisa Nelson, Julia Sybalsky, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In:  ’Electronic Media Review’, AIC (American Institute for Conservation), EMG Specialty Group publication, Volume 2, Nr. 1. publication expected fall 2013.

Heart Beats Dust – The Conservation of an Interactive Installation from 1968 and an Introduction to E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology). In: ‘The Electronic Media Review’, AIC (American Institute for Conservation) EMG Specialty Group publication, Volume 1, Nr. 1., April 2012.

The Conservation Treatment of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled (Venetian), 1973: Christine Frohnert, Julia Sybalsky, Cranmer Art Group & Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, poster presentation at the AIC Annual Meeting 2011 in Philadelphia, May 2011

Education in Electronic Media Art Conservation – Where We Are and Where We Should Be; in: AIC (American Institute for Conservation) News Lead Article, January 2010.

Book review:  Plastics in Art: A Study from the conservation point of view, by Friederike Waentig: Petersberg, Germany: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2008 In: JAIC, Fall/Winter 2009, Volume 48, Number 3.

Frohnert, Christine; Janis Katrin, Waentig Friederike: Book Review: Touching Visions by Dr. Hiltrud Schinzel. In: VDR Bulletin February 2004.

Bild der Woche – Das Wallraf-Richartz-Museum zieht in das neue Gebaeude am Guerzenich,  48. Woche 2001, Access date: April, 16,  2001

Schaefer, Iris; Frohnert, Christine; Klinkhammer, Ruth; Steinbuechel, Christa: Technologische Untersuchung der Werke des Meisters des Bartholomaeus Altars im Koelner Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. In: Genie ohne Namen – Der Meister des Bartholomaeus-Altars, R.Budde und R. Krischel (Hrsg.), Koeln 2001.

Tagungsbericht: 28th AIC Annual Meeting ‘Preservation of Electronic Media’ ,07/2000 in Philadelphia, USA, . In: Restauro, Zeitschrift fuer Kunsttechniken, Restaurierung und Museumsfragen, 7/2000.

Ausstellungen und Leihverkehr am Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Museum Ludwig. In: bdr-Nachrichten, 1997/2, S. 9-11.

Teaching

Christine Frohnert

Theoretical Subjectivities and The Critical Eye, Summer Institute in Technical Art History for Doctoral Students in Art History, NYU, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center, June 12, 2013

Art with a Plug - The Conservation of Artworks containing Motion, Sound, Light, Moving Images and Interactivity,  Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical StudiesNYU, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center, Fall 2012

Media Art and Replication, Lecture held at Summer Institute for Technical Art History  for Doctoral Students in Art History, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, July 2012.

Art & Technology, Guest Lecture for Course: ‘Issues in Conservation: Historical  & Ethical Considerations in the Development of a Discipline’, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, March 2012.

Art & Technology, Guest Lecturer for Conservation of Modern & Contemporary Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, NY, February 2012

Conservation of Modern Materials and Media in Contemporary Art, Institute for Art and Technology, Lecture:University for Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria; Konservierung Moderner Materialien und Medien in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Institut für Kunst und Technologie, Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Wien, March 2011.

Modern Materials and Media in Contemporary Art (at the Instance of a TVCello by Nam June Paik, 1967-92), Course: New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center , Spring 2010.

Modern and Contemporary Sculpture Conservation, Lecturer at the Conservation Center Graduate Program, Institute of Fine Arts,  NYU, Fall 2009.

ART & TECHNOLOGY – The Challenge to Preserve Artworks made from Modern Materials and Media for Future Generations, Lecture held at the Conservation Center, New York University (NYU), April 2008.

From Videodisc to Blu Ray, Seminar on Archiving and Preservation of Optical Media at New York University (NYU), Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, April 2007.

Museum and Event – Effects of Highly Popular Events on Artworks in Museums. Seminar in Cooperation with the CICS (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences), 2004 – 2005.

Saving Outdoor Sculptures, Annual Seminar to Monitor Outdoor Sculptures in the City of Cologne in Cooperation with the CICS (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences), 2002 – 2005.

Conservation and Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ludwig Museum, Seminar in cooperation with the CICS (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences) Course: Special areas, 2002.

Conservation of Electric and Electronic Art at the Ludwig Museum, Seminar held during the Video Symposium: ‘Zwischen Flut und Fluechtigkeit – Die Bewahrung von Videokunst und digitalem Kulturgut’, HGKK University of Applied Science, Berne, Switzerland, Program Conservation Modern Materials and Media, Februrary 2001.

Annual Lectures on the subject Exhibitions and Loans at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/MuseumLudwig, in cooperation with the CICS
(Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences) Course: Museum studies 1997-2005.

 

Biographies

Christine and Reinhard share their passion for the conservation of contemporary art and the challenges that this new and emerging field offers to the conservation profession. Both partners hold degrees in technology based art conservation and have been active in research projects, conference planning and contemporary art conservation education. Based on their training and combined years of experience, the partners bring in-depth insight to the conservation and treatment of contemporary artworks and can offer specialized conservation services covering a wide range of materials and technologies.

 

Affiliations

American Association of Museums (AAM)

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Independant Media Arts Preservation(IMAP)

International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC)

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic works (IIC)

New York Regional Association for Conservation(NYRAC)

Verband der Restauratoren(VDR)