Welcome to the Twentieth Century in Paint Project

The Twentieth Century in Paint is an Australia Research Council sponsored project that examines the introduction of new media, pigments, dyes and additives through revolutionary art practices in the 20th century in Australia and Southeast Asia-Pacific. It explores how the use of these materials impacts on paint handling, performance and permanence. This research will inform the preservation of modern art, and fill critical gaps in our understanding of the effect of diverse climates on artworks.

This project aims to collect, develop, deposit, archive and provide access to information and data relating the development of art across the Asia-Pacific during the Twentieth Century, through the development of an effective IT interface.

Utilising expertise and collections from ten public institutions and four universities across four continents this project provides fundamental information that answers questions relating to conservation, curatorial practice and paint manufacture.





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