Conserving Whaam! | Tate

Roy Lichtenstein’s Whaam! is one of the most popular works in Tate’s collection and has been on almost constant display since it was acquired in 1966.

The materials used to create the painting are challenging for conservators, as they don’t react well to traditional cleaning methods. Our conservation team have spent months trialling and evaluating different techniques for treating the work.

At last, a ground-breaking gel treatment broadly based on nanotechnology has allowed us to clean the work in a safe and controlled way, for the very first time in the painting’s history.

The treatment has been made possible thanks to a new gel created by CSGI Florence. The NANORESTART project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646063.

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