Plastic – The Underestimated Material: AXA Art Symposium "Before Art Falls Apart" in Munich

Plastic is considered one of the biggest inventions of the 20th century and has been an often-used material in art and design since the 1960s. The effects on design and conservation have thus far been underestimated. The AXA Art Symposium on December 9, 2004, "Before Art Falls Apart," will be dedicated to this subject.


The AXA Art Versicherung AG is committed to developing better knowledge and understanding of the themes surrounding plastic. The public symposium "Before Art Falls Apart" complements the two-day symposium about plastic restoration, "Plastic – Past and Present", on November 24/25, 2004 in Lörrach. The event is organized within the framework of the AXA Art Conservation Project of AXA Art and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. You can read more about it here. Another day will be devoted to the highly versatile material in cooperation with the Dorotheum. Discussions and lectures about the processing and restoration, inspiration and status in art and design will take place at "Before Art Falls Apart". Werner Aisslinger will talk about the material's influence on the design process, Professor Volker Albus from the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe will lecture about plastic and its presence in design, and Dr. Gerti Draxler from the Dorotheum in Vienna will deal with the subject areas market and price development. In addition, there will be examples of work and discussions about restoration, authenticity and the trivialization of art and design. The symposium is open for both laymen and professionals.


Before Art Falls Apart.

Plastic – An underestimated material in art and design.

A symposium of AXA Art and the Dorotheum for laymen and professionals.

December 9, 2004 at the Siemens Forum in Munich


Participation is free. Register until December 6, 2004 with:

Susanne Kelmes,

T. +49 221 148-3 2447

F. +49 221 148-443 2447

E-mail susanne.kelmes(at)axa-art.de



You can download the program and registration form here (PDF).