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Karin Hermerén

Doctoral student

Karin Hermerén
Doctoral student
karin.hermeren@conservation.gu.se
+46 31 786 4700
0766-184700

Postal Address: Box130, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Guldhedsgatan 5a , 41320 Göteborg


Department of Conservation (More Information)
Box 130
405 30 Göteborg
www.conservation.gu.se
conservation@conservation.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4703

Visiting Address: Guldhedsgatan 5a , 405 30 Göteborg

About Karin Hermerén

Karin Hermerén obtained a degree of Licentiate of Philosophy in Conservation 2014 (B.A. in Conservation 1990, Ph.D. to be completed, dep. of Conservation, University of Göteborg). She also has a B.A. in History of Art (University of Lund, 1991).

Before she started her full-time PhD-studies, Hermerén worked as an expert advisor at the Swedish Public Art Agency in a research-project 2011–2013 on building-related public art as cultural heritage. A book presenting the results was published in 2014, Offentlig konstett kulturarv. She has also worked as an expert advisor in Stockholm, Sweden: at the National Heritage Board (ecclesiastical heritage, future organization of the Conservation Dept, construction of new studios, head of division), the Maritime Museum (deaccession of museum objects) and the Vasa Museum (conservation needs). She has worked as a conservator-restorer at the Museum of Helsingborg for nearly two decades, where she amongst other things was responsible for a provincial network focusing on conservation issues. She runs a studio for painting conservation since 1991, Konserveringsateljé syd AB, at Citadellet in Landskrona. She has been a teacher at the Universities of Lund and Göteborg since 1986 where she teaches about the conser­va­tion and restoration of paintings, ethics in conservation, management of collections and public art.

Abstract of thesis Den utsatta konsten. Att förvalta konst i offentlig miljöetik, lagstiftning och värdeförändring [Exposed Art. Managing art in public places – ethics, legislation and valuation change]:

The general aim of this thesis is to deepen the understanding of the conditions for the management, supervision and preservation of movable and building-related art commissioned by the government, county councils and municipalities in 20th century Sweden. This is done by highlighting differences regarding ethical considerations during the conservation process, by examining the changes in structures of ownership and the need for resources, and by discussing the application of legislation.
The first chapter of the thesis provides a background and introduces its aim and structure. The second chapter describes art as part of public places during the 20th century. The chapter forms a framework and is a summary of the two papers, Conservation of art in public places and Exposed and unseen: Management of public immovable art, which form part of the thesis. The third chapter is devoted to the management of movable and building-related art and how changes in ownership affect conservation. Ethical aspects of the decision process of conservation are discussed, as well as the application of legislation and its effects on the management and supervision of public art. After these chapters the two papers are presented. Conservation of art in public places, describes differences concerning practical conservation, ethical considerations and legal implications. These differences are relevant to movable and building-related art as well as to the conservation of old and contemporary artworks from collections owned by the public. In Exposed and unseen: Management of public immovable art, issues related to the ownership and long-term management of building-related art are described, focusing on the property owners' need for expertise and financial resources.
The thesis discusses the artworks commissioned by means of the so-called one percent rule, donations or other forms of financing. These works of art form part of places, which in different ways tell us about the ideas and trends that have characterized the growth of Swedish society. Many building-related artworks have gradually become part of the cultural heritage. It is shown that there are shortcomings in knowledge about the management and supervision of this art, both among property owners and cultural heritage conservation authorities. These deficiencies can lead to the total or partial destruction of artworks (sometimes imperceptibly), regardless of whether they were ordered and paid for by public or private funds, or the environment in which they are placed.
The thesis shows that the preservation of an artwork and the possibilities for protection is largely dependent on how a work of art is regarded and valued, and who the viewer is. The values taken for granted in the decision-making process concerning the preservation of public art should be clarified and made explicit. The thesis also argues that the art purchased with public funds should be subject to public and shared responsibility for its protection and care, for example by amendments to the Heritage Conservation Act. Hopefully this investigation can contribute to a better management of both building-related and movable art.

Keywords: building-related, collection, conservation, contemporary art, cultural heritage, ethics, legislation, management, preservation, public art, site-specific, value

Latest publications

Konservering av en praktmålning. Karl XI med familj av David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl
Jacob Faxe, Karin Hermerén, Marika Reuterswärd
Malmö, Malmö förskönings- och planteringsförening, Book 2014
Book

Riktlinjer för förvaltning av offentlig konst
Jenni Lindbom, Karin Hermerén
Riksantikvarieämbetet, Book 2014
Book

Offentlig konst - ett kulturarv : tillsyn och förvaltning av byggnadsanknuten konst
Karin Hermerén, Henrik Orrje, Charlotta Kerstin Hanner Nordstrand, Emilie Karlsmo, Ann Landgren Danielson
Stockholm, Statens konstråd, Text critical edition 2014
Text critical edition

Exposed and Unseen – Management of Public Immovable Art
Karin Hermerén, Henrik Orrje
Studies in Conservation, Journal article 2012
Journal article

Gallring i praktiken
Karin Hermerén
Statens maritima museer, Report 2009
Report

Conservation of art in public places
Karin Hermerén
ICOM Committee for Conservation 15th Triennial Meeting Preprints New Delhi, Journal article 2008
Journal article

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2014

Konservering av en praktmålning. Karl XI med familj av David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl
Jacob Faxe, Karin Hermerén, Marika Reuterswärd
Malmö, Malmö förskönings- och planteringsförening, Book 2014
Book

Riktlinjer för förvaltning av offentlig konst
Jenni Lindbom, Karin Hermerén
Riksantikvarieämbetet, Book 2014
Book

Offentlig konst - ett kulturarv : tillsyn och förvaltning av byggnadsanknuten konst
Karin Hermerén, Henrik Orrje, Charlotta Kerstin Hanner Nordstrand, Emilie Karlsmo, Ann Landgren Danielson
Stockholm, Statens konstråd, Text critical edition 2014
Text critical edition

2012

Exposed and Unseen – Management of Public Immovable Art
Karin Hermerén, Henrik Orrje
Studies in Conservation, Journal article 2012
Journal article

2009

Gallring i praktiken
Karin Hermerén
Statens maritima museer, Report 2009
Report

2008

Conservation of art in public places
Karin Hermerén
ICOM Committee for Conservation 15th Triennial Meeting Preprints New Delhi, Journal article 2008
Journal article

Showing 1 - 8 of 8

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