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Xperimania chat in French: How are chemicals used in art restoration?

How can we preserve pieces of art for future generations? How is chemistry used to help prevent the deterioration of old art works? In the Xperimania (www.xperimania.net) chat “How are chemicals used in art restoration?” on 5 February at 14.00 CET students can put these questions to Mrs Myriam Serck-Dewaide, the Director General of the Belgian Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique. The chat language will be French.

Chemistry is a key factor in practical conservation. It helps to reduce damage from sunlight, humidity and poor maintenance. In a pure or mixed form, petrochemicals are widely used in treatments, in preventive conservation, remedial conservation and restoration.

The expert of the chat, Mrs Myriam Serck-Dewaide, is the Director General of Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique, which is dedicated to the study, conservation and development of Belgium's cultural heritage. Its role covers analysis of the work required for the conservation of art objects, advice and treatments in preventive conservation, remedial conservation and restoration.

Mrs Serck holds a university degree in art history and archaeology. Before her current position, she was in charge of many highly reputed renovation projects in Belgium and abroad, including works for the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Interested in taking part in the Xperimania online chat held in French? Schools can register by sending an email to xperimania@eun.org  with the subject line “French Xperimania chat”.

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