Saving van Gogh with Science

8 June, 2016 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Auditorium, Queensland Museum
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Saving van Gogh with Science @ Auditorium, Queensland Museum | South Brisbane | Queensland | Australia

While many people see the Arts and Science as existing in isolation, this is far from the truth. Custodians of some of the world’s greatest artworks are turning to scientific and engineering techniques to help understand how these great works were made and how they can be preserved for future generations to appreciate.

In collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands, Professor John Drennan from the University of Queensland put Van Gogh’s Sunflowers under the microscope, using high resolution 3D imaging to discover the materials used and how they are likely to change over time. Join Professor Drennan and Professor Andrew McNamara, from Visual Arts at QUT, as they discuss how such technology is revealing some of van Gogh’s secrets and also how the study of art history will benefit from this unusual marriage of art and science, especially at a time when artists are using a wide range of materials in art, some of them quite volatile.

Cost: $8.00 (light refreshments and cash bar available from 5.15-6.00pm)