The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given a $750,000 grant to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. These funds will support an initiative that will involve finding “new strategies essential to the long-term preservation, perpetuation, and display of variable, ephemeral, and fabrication-based artworks of the 1960s and 1970s,” according to a release.
This scholarship has been developed through another Mellon Foundation–backed project, the Panza Collection Initiative, a long-term study dedicated to preservation techniques for Minimal, Post-Minimal, and Conceptual art. The museum has broken down this initiative into several phases, with the first and second ones related to researching work by artists such as Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, and Donald Judd.
Through this new grant, a third phase of the initiative will begin. The Guggenheim is planning to publish documents related to such works online and to put out a book related to their preservation efforts. The foundation is also working with the Getty Conservation Institute to stage a symposium about the conservation of Minimal, Post-Minimal, and Conceptual art; the event is currently slated to take place in spring of next year.