Symposium FAIL BETTER: A summary by Esther Rapoport

Once again, Barbara Sommermeyer, conservator at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the German Conservators’ Association (VDR) organized an interdisciplinary symposium in Hamburg, Germany, about learning from failure, since the first conference - From Setback to Success – dating back to 2004. Almost a decade later international experts return in December 2013 to Fail Better to pursue the discussion concerning conservational, curatorial, philosophical and ethical aspects in conservation practice in Modern and Contemporary Art. For this purpose, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, with its large collections of modern and contemporary artworks, provided the ideal venue.