Art at the DIAConservation
Just as there is an art to science, there is a science to art.
Just ask the DIA Conservation Department. Situated in a newly renovated facility, this group of highly trained experts acts as the DIA's own "CSI" team, painstakingly analyzing each piece of art that crosses their path and recommending the appropriate treatment. Using everything from X-ray technology to pigment analysis they help determine everything about a piece of work's past – including its age, creator, and more – and its future, in terms of how to best treat and store it for the next generation and beyond.
When considering the purchase of an ancient Chinese money tree for example, the DIA's own specially trained scientists were brought in to examine this rare ceramic and bronze jewel. Using new X-ray diffraction technology they were able to conduct a pigment and corrosion analysis and provide essential information to help evaluate the condition and authenticity of the tree. After gathering all the facts the DIA was well positioned to make an informed decision, quickly buying this beautiful piece for your enjoyment.
Not only do these highly trained individuals work on the DIA's extraordinary collection, they also lend their expertise to cultural institutions throughout Michigan and beyond. From Marquette to Muskegon, DIA staff help their colleagues throughout the state by performing conservation treatments; addressing questions of technique, appropriate storage or display conditions; and verifying authenticity. See the Statewide Services page for more information on how the DIA expands its reach in other areas to help preserve and promote cultural resources for various communities.
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