Robert Indiana (*1928) has created some of the world’s most immediately recognizable works of art. Filled with intensely personal combinations of universal symbols—numbers and letters, stars and wheels—they are most readily associated with the Pop art movement.

Back to the Future!

Riding the slide carousel

The analogue slide technique is on the verge of extinction. From 2015 to 2018, the restorers at the Hamburger Kunsthalle thus conducted a research project dedicated to the urgent preservation of the medium and the forward-looking conservation of contemporary works. Supplemented with comparative curatorial and art-historical positions, this highly topical volume presents the results and research contributions and hence lays the foundations necessary for future restoration-related examination of medial, photographic, and slide-based artworks.

Artists: Künstler: ANT Farm, Robert Barry, Lothar Baumgarten, Matthew Buckingham, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Geert Goiris, Nan Goldin, Michaela Melián, Hilka Nordhausen, Anthony McCall, Otto Piene, Gerhard Rühm, Ross Sinclair, Michael Snow, Ger van Elk, Tris Vonna-Michell

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"Back to the Future!"

September 2019

ISBN 978-3-7356-0541-2

14,8 x 21 cm

180 Pages

70 colored illustrations


Languages: German, English


Barbara Sommermeyer und Claartje van Haaften
Hamburger Kunsthalle

Text by

Tiziana Caianiello, Lénia Oliveira Fernandes, Claartje van Haaften, Martina Haidvogl, Brigitte Kölle, Francesco Leonelli,
Katrin Pietsch, Barbara Sommermeyer, Tina Weidner, Babette Marie Werner

Design by
Polina Bazir, Kerber Verlag
Findings of the slide conservation project (2015-2018) and the slide conservation workshop (January 18–19, 2018) at Hamburger Kunsthalle