Dow Scientists Help Restore Painting | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 22 | pp. 14-15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 2, 2014

Dow Scientists Help Restore Painting

Department: Business
Keywords: art conservation, solvents
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Tate Modern workers rehang Mark Rothko’s “Black on Maroon” after restoration.
Credit: Dow
Four workers hang a painting in a gallery. One is on a ladder, one is holding the ladder, and two are holding the sides and bottom of the painting. All are wearing gloves.
 
Tate Modern workers rehang Mark Rothko’s “Black on Maroon” after restoration.
Credit: Dow

Dow Chemical researchers helped conservation scientists from London’s Tate Modern museum choose a solvent to restore the Mark Rothko painting “Black on Maroon,” which was marred by graffiti in 2012. After analyzing the black graffiti ink, Dow experts in Midland, Mich., developed a short list of possible solvents. After further testing, Dow sent a list of solvent suggestions to the Tate team. The conservationists ended up removing the graffiti with a blend of benzyl alcohol and ethyl lactate.

 
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