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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 20th Century Chinese Paintings

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Our paper conservator has been working with a large donation of 20th century Chinese paintings over the past year.  The paintings are by Wu Zhongxiong (b. 1899, d. 1989), an artist who emigrated from China to Ohio.  The first part of the conservator’s work was to examine each of the more than 130 paintings and to write reports to document their condition.  Next she worked with our Curator of Asian Art to select paintings for conservation treatment and to write grant proposals to help pay for a specialist conservator trained in the conservation and mounting of Chinese paintings. 

With funding in hand for the conservation of the first group of paintings, our conservator and our curator recently delivered the paintings to the contract conservator.  Thanks to the generous support of the Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation, conservation of these important works is now underway.