Restored the work of Miro affected by the historic floods in Venice

Joan Miro's two tapestries damaged by salt water during the exceptional flood that Venice suffered last week are restored. They have already appeared before the visitors of the exhibition “From Kandinsky to Botero” at the Palazzo Zaguri.The museum staff believed that tapestries, the cumulative value of which is 1 million euros, are safe because they were kept on the second floor of the building. But on the night of Monday, October 29, it turned out that the fabric was soaked with water from another source - a leaking sink: due to heavy precipitation, the water supply in the bathroom above was broken. Salt water damaged two untitled compositions created in 1975 and 1985. One work belongs to the Skassa Tapestry Museum, the second to a private collector.Joan Miro, a tapestry without a name (1975). Photo: Palazzo Zaguri The victim's paintings were quickly sent for restoration at the Scassa tapestry factory in Asti in northwestern Italy. There they were immersed in a tank of purified water with herbs and rinsed every hour until they returned to their normal state. After this work was dried and returned to the museum in time for the opening of the exhibition. Now they will be on display until May 1 along with hundreds of tapestries created by other artists, such as Fernando Botero, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition organizers said they were touched by the many offers of help received from Italy and Spain, and are grateful for the information that came online.St. Mark’s Square in Venice on October 29, 2018. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP The water level in Venice reached a maximum of 156 centimeters on Monday. This is the sixth in 80 years exceeding the mark of 150 centimeters. The damage to tapestries raises questions about measures to protect works of art during floods and how the increase in the number of floods will affect cultural heritage. Art: read us on Telegram and look on Instagram
Based on artnet News and The Art Newspaper. Main illustration: Joan Miro, tapestry with no name (1985); Photo of Palazzo Zaguri