SBMK-day 2016: In the Box
11 Nov 2016

Teijin Auditorium
10 am - 5:30 pm
Dutch and English
Regular € 125 / Students € 60*

No longer possible


Each year the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (Dutch abbreviation: SBMK) organizes a members’ day. This edition is the first to be held in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum. The seminar is not only aimed at SBMK members, but also at (future) restorers, curators, registrars, art historians, management and conservation professionals, researchers, art handlers and others interested in the conservation, installation and presentation of modern and contemporary art.


‘From nail to nail’

Over the past years, a large number of Dutch museums has collectively performed extensive research into art packaging under the title ‘From nail to nail’. Specialists from the Getty Museum, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and other organizations were involved. They will discuss their contributions to the survey and its results: risk assessment, climate tests, shock and vibration research. The experiences of the Getty are often spectacular, given the hurricanes, earthquakes and deserts in the immediate area.

Practical examples of innovative packaging solutions

More and more artworks need special transport containers. One of the examples that will be discussed is Bridget by Tom Claassen: an enormous rat of latex rubber, filled with polystyrene granules.

Artists and packaging

There are artists who use packaging as a base material for their work, and artists who find special packaging nonsense and are more interested in the risks posed to their works. These are interesting issues for peer researchers.

Box Market

Art handlers present their ideal boxes. During the breaks in the program, the box market will be open.

* Participation in this event is 125 Euros or 60 Euros to students, both prices excluding VAT and including lunch, drinks and access to the museum. 'In the Box' is free for employees of SBMK partners.