colours 2022

Bridging Science
with Art

Modern and contemporary artworks

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Dear Colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that we announce the third edition of the Conference COLOURS: Bridging Science with art, that will be held in Évora University from 14th to 16th September 2022.

COLOURS2022 is made under the framework of project ALMADA: Unveiling the mural painting Art of Almada Negreiros (1938-1956): technical, material and diagnostic scientific study as guide for its future conservation and enjoyment. Almada Negreiros was a key artist of Portuguese Modern Art from the first half of the 20th century and he has left in the city of Lisbon a rich opus of mural paintings still to be discovered by the International Art world. The third conference of COLOURS: bridging science to ART intends to pay homage to Almada Negreiros and to all contemporary and following artist generations who worldwide have combined old colour traditions with new painting materials and techniques. COLOURS2022 is a unique opportunity to discuss them together and the challenges that the safeguard of their works of art face nowadays.

COLOURS2022 is dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art, with a special focus on mural painting and street art. The scope is to:

  • Promote a forum between the several disciplines that study colour in its wide perspectives in art: chemistry and physics, psychology, archaeology, geology, history, history of art, visual arts, architecture and conservation-restoration.
  • Bringing together scientists, from both analytical and conservation fields, artists and institutions to discuss the most recent advances in technology applied to colour imaging, diagnosis, conservation and management of cultural heritage.

Special issues in COLOUR Research and Application; International Journal of Conservation Science and Conservar Património. All details here.

Mural painting by Almada Negreiros
Mural paintings by Almada Negreiro, 1946- 1949. Maritime station of Rocha de Conde de  Óbidos. Photo M.Gil2021 © All rights reserved

Conference topics:

Colour history and symbolism in the 20 and 21 centuries
Old and new colour materials and their origin/manufacture/uses
Colour deterioration (origin, types, mechanisms)
Science and technology applied to colour studies
Challenges for conservation-restoration
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COLOURS2022 will be held at the Auditorium
of Colégio do Espirito Santo, Évora University
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COLOURS 2022 Secretariat
Laboratorio HERCULES, Largo Marques de Marialva, 8
7000-809 Evora
Organized by:
Universidade Nova BrandPorto de Lisboa Brand
With the support of:
Fundação Eugé©nio de Almeida Brand Igreja de São Francisco Museu de Évora CME