Conference on Modern Oil Paints

On the occasion of the conclusion of the research project ‘Cleaning Modern Oil Paints’ (2015-2018), the Rijksmuseum, in collaboration with the CMOP project partners cordially invite you to the three-day Conference on Modern Oil Paints (ConferenceMOP) on 23, 24 and 25 May 2018. The conference is organised in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS).

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logo This conference will address conservation challenges particularly associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century oil paintings. These challenges are distinct from those found in paintings from previous centuries. Phenomena that have been recently observed include the formation of vulnerable surface ‘skins’ of medium on paint surfaces, efflorescence, unpredictable water and solvent sensitivity, and alarming incidences of dripping paints several years after the paintings have been completed. Many of these paintings are also unvarnished, rendering their surfaces particularly vulnerable.

Marking the completion of ‘Cleaning Modern Oil Paints’ (2015-2018), the conference will provide an opportunity to share the outcomes of this major research initiative and will also provide a follow-up to the Issues in Contemporary Oil Paint symposium, held at the Cultural Heritage Agency in Amersfoort in 2013. CMOP is a Joint Programme Initiative Heritage Plus EU project partly funded by EU/H2020, partly by NWO, AHRC and MIUR. For more information and CMOP partners, please visit:


nieuw The focus of the conference will be on recent research and emerging practice in the conservation of sensitive contemporary oil paint surfaces and the condition of oil paintings seen from various perspectives. The conference aims to address a wider public of conservators from all fields including e.g. painting, sculpture, paper; as well as researchers, artists, curators, paint manufactures and other interested practitioners.
A particular focus will be on the practice of conservation and how knowledge is transferred from conservators to researchers and vice versa.

Conference topics

We invite abstracts for oral presentations and posters on subjects such as:

  • cultural historical context of use of oil paint in the 20th Century
  • developments in artists’ oil paint technology; paint manufacturers; patents
  • characterization of modern-contemporary oil paints and paint surfaces
  • paint degradation and long term stability
  • the artists’ voice and influence on perception of curators, conservators and scientists
  • approaches to conservation and display
  • conservation of oil paintings; practical surface treatment

The abstracts will be distributed to the participants at the conference. Presenters will be asked to submit a paper to be published in the postprints of this conference.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is closed. All authors have received a notification of acceptance.

Information for presenters


The program comprises a 3-day conference with lectures and poster sessions with pitches.

You can find the programme here


We are aiming to publish the proceedings as a hard copy book in the “Cultural Heritage” series by Springer in the first half of 2019. Editors: Klaas Jan van den Berg, Ilaria Bonaduce, Aviva Burnstock, Leslie Carlyle, Gunnar Heydenreich, Katrien Keune, Bronwyn Ormsby and Mikkel Scharff.

CMOP is a Joint Programme Initiative Heritage Plus EU project partly funded by EU/H2020, partly by NWO, AHRC and MIUR.

Conference Committee

  • Robert van Langh (Rijksmuseum)
  • Klaas Jan van den Berg (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam)
  • Katrien Keune (Rijksmuseum, University of Amsterdam)
  • Ilaria Bonaduce (University of Pisa)
  • Aviva Burnstock (Courtauld Institute of Art, London)
  • Leslie Carlyle (New University, Lisbon)
  • Meta Chavannes (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam)
  • Gunnar Heydenreich (Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences)
  • Erma Hermens (Rijksmuseum)
  • Ruth Hoppe (Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag)
  • Cecil Krarup Andersen (School of conservation, Copenhagen)
  • Francesca Modugno (University of Pisa)
  • Bronwyn Ormsby (Tate, London)
  • Alan Phenix (Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles)
  • Mikkel Scharff (School of conservation, CATS, Copenhagen)
  • Maartje Stols-Witlox (University of Amsterdam)

Important dates

Call for Abstracts open: 20 October 2017
Deadline Abstracts: 15 January 2018
Authors acceptance notification: 26 February 2018
Preliminary programme online: 28 February 2018
Early registration deadline: 28 March 2018

Student grant

NICAS has granted ten students with a free ticket to the conference.

Social program

Drinks reception on 23 May. Location to be announced.


The venue will be in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum located at Museumstraat 1 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Plan your stay

Amsterdam is very busy during the month of May, so we recommend you book your hotel soon! We encourage you to book your hotel via this booking website to guarantee the best rates.

Address and contact

Contact information:
Mail address: Hobbemastraat 22, 1071 ZC, Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 674 7000

Key publications

“Issues in Contemporary Oil Paint” (K.J. van den Berg, A. Burnstock, M. de Keijzer, J. Krueger, T. Learner, A. de Tagle, G. Heydenreich, editors), Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.

This conference is made possible by the generous support of AkzoNobel.


23, 24 and 25 May 2018


This event is sold out.

Cancellation fee
Before 29 March 2018: 50% of your fee
On or after 29 March 2018: no refund


Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1 Amsterdam