The COPAC project is aimed at acquiring a global view of the matter aspect of contemporary painting both as regards its constitution (techniques and materials used) and the degradation it is usually affected in order to develop knowledge and strategies that are useful to its preservation to its functional value, with particular attention to the realities in Tuscany.

The project aims at involving research institutions and cultural sites on the Tuscan territory (University, Scuola Normale Superiore, CNR, the Museum of Pistoia "Palazzo Fabroni" Contemporary Visual Arts, Pecci Museum, the city of Pisa with the Centre for the Culture of the Contemporary, Lucca Center of Contemporary Art and Gallery of Contemporary Art) to use the synergy of the various scientific and technological competencies in order to deepen our understanding of the materials used, the degradation on exposure mode works and intervention methods to provide sustainable and appropriate use criteria. The modern and contemporary artists, which relate mainly to the period from 1970 to the present day, in order to seek a wider range of materials for creative achievement freer and sometimes technically easier, of paintings and three-dimensional models have largely drawn to materials that modern chemistry has provided in recent decades in a wide variety of application areas.

The project is divided into several phases that can be summarized as follows:

  • creation of an interactive computer platform as a means of consultation and management of conservation choices;
  • classification of the main materials used in the paintings of contemporary art as binders, fillers and pigments, paints and protective, and retrieval of relevant technical commercial, where available
  • classification of the main techniques in contemporary executive;
  • selection of significant paintings of contemporary art museums or galleries belonging to the Tuscan, preferentially by living artists (at least two paintings by three different types), on which to develop a pilot model;
  • documentation of selected works in the form of imaging is in the visible spectral ranges that border;
  • structural and chemical characterization of selected paintings;
  • physical-chemical study of the aging behavior of the materials identified, their interaction with the environment conservation, their compatibility with the restorative materials, their durability and their mutual compatibility;
  • development of intervention protocols depending on the works of the materials used for conservation and sustainable use criteria.