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Conservator To Discuss Restoration Of Miró Mural 'Personnages Oiseaux'

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Abigail Beckman
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The iconic Joan Miró mural Personnages Oiseaux is returning to the Ulrich Museum of Art at WSU at the end of October. Marianne Russell-Marti of Russell-Marti Conservation Services has worked to restore the mosaic and will give a lecture Tuesday night on her work.

Russell-Marti and her team have been working to put the mural back up since July. And in a few weeks, the entire glass and marble mosaic will be back home on the south wall of the Ulrich Museum, where it was mounted in 1978. Russell-Marti began studying the outdoor mural nine years ago after realizing that time and weather had taken a toll on the masterpiece.

The 28-by-52 mural was taken down for repairs in 2011.

“One might think [the mural] would be safer inside somewhere, but it was made for here. That’s why our treatment solutions were all to be able to keep this in this harsh environment,” Russell-Marti says.

Russell-Marti will give a lecture on her teams work to conserve, treat and document the mural at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Ulrich Museum.

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