Layers of meaning: Conservation and dance

Date and time

Friday 11 November, 1–1.30pm

Room 36

Larry Keith


Admission free

The preservation, conservation and restoration of paintings is a vital and enduring aspect of the National Gallery’s work. How might this work be re-visioned through another art form, contemporary dance, which by its nature is ephemeral?

What parallels might be drawn between the meanings that can be revealed through the conservation of a painting and the process of restoring and preserving our bodies?

Larry Keith, Head of Conservation, will talk about the problems resulting from Reynolds’s experimental use of different mediums followed by a performance by dance artists from Dancing Museums.

Dancing Museums

Dancing Museums brings together five European dance organisations and eight internationally renowned museums to explore new ways of interacting with audiences. 

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Image above: Detail from Sir Joshua Reynolds, Colonel Tarleton, 1782