Hortense de Corneillan
Hortense de Corneillan2022-2023
Born in 1980 in Paris, Hortense de Corneillan is a heritage restorer, specialising in ceramic and glass materials. She has a degree in art history, museology (École du Louvre) and conservation-restoration (Institut national du patrimoine) and has been living in Switzerland since 2008.
After 11 years working for a museum, she now works as a freelancer. She works for Swiss and European institutions in the fields of archaeology and the decorative arts.
An important part of her activity is devoted to teaching. She is a lecturer at the Haute École Arc Conservation-restoration (HE-Arc CR, Neuchâtel, CH) where she also coordinates further training for professionals in the field of conservation.
Her residency at Villa Medici is devoted to the restoration of ancient vases found in Etruria in the 19th century. By considering these modifications as cultural markers, testimony to a changing relationship with the ancient object, she would like to question their progressive disappearance during modern conservation campaigns.
At the same time, she is reflecting on the possibilities of mediation around the restored vases. How can the public be made to understand the intimate and eventful history of such heritage objects?
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