Conservation ensures that the works in a museum’s collection are kept in the best possible condition, so that they can be seen and studied by today’s public and by future generations. In this talk, Christel Pesme, Senior Conservator at M+, examines the relationship between the notions of access and preservation in museums. Placing the discussion in the broader context of consumer culture in contemporary society, Pesme explores how the two seemingly antagonistic ideas can reinforce each other. By addressing sustainability and the cultural commons, she encourages the audience to reflect on the care of objects, people, and society as a whole.

6 December 2018 (Thursday)

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Function Rooms, 2/F, Hotel Stage (1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan)

Christel Pesme, Senior Conservator, M+

English with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register in advance.


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Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the event starts.

About the Speaker

Christel Pesme

Christel Pesme is Senior Conservator at M+. After graduating from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, she worked at the Balboa Art Conservation Center in San Diego as a paper conservator and then joined the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles. Working in the Preventive Conservation Research Group of the GCI’s Science Department, she specialised in museum lighting policy development and was in charge of carrying out light-sensitivity assessments for the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She later moved back to Europe, working in private practice in Basel as a paper conservator, a microfadotesting service provider, and a preventive conservation consultant. She has also developed and led workshops for conservators interested in using microfadotesting to implement lighting policy for sensitive collection items.

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