Béla Tamás KÓNYA

Project Manager of MAPS 2018, Head of Collection Care and Conservation Department
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary


Collection care conservation professional, development and execution of the collection care strategy with a focus on contemporary art at the Ludwig Museum since 2008. Media art preservation in theory and practice is currently one of his PhD areas under the supervision of Miklós Peternák at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts Doctoral School.
Graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts with a master’s degree (MA) in stone sculpture conservation in 2006. Started his career at the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and gained experience in conservation and preventive conservation of the Egyptian Art Collection.
In 2008, started working at the Ludwig Museum, since then he has been responsible for collection care supervision, conservation of contemporary art objects for exhibitions and international shipping of artworks. Manages the Collection Care and Conservation section of Ludwig Museum. Designs and develops projects, involving close cooperation with national and international partners. Develops and implements a long-term Collection Care Strategy. Talent management and HR-related responsibilities connected to the Conservation and Collection Care department. Develops and prepares the future Institute of Collection Care Methodology.
Contributed to loan management, exhibition installation and uninstallation activities in several European museums. (Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Tate Liverpool, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Museo Cantonale d’Arte Lugano, Kunsthaus Zug, Museo Serralves Porto, Albertina Vienna, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Belvedere Vienna, Museum Kampa Prague, Musea Brugge etc.).



Collection Care In Progress With Born Digital Content

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the challenge and strategy of media art preservation as a new field of collection care in Ludwig Museum.
Traditional restoration techniques focus on conserving the physical condition of the medium (e.g. the canvas). In comparison, the conservation of media art (video, film, digital art, Internet art) is a much more complex task, because the technological environment is in constant change, since it is contingent upon the developments controlled by the interests of science and trade.
The project is aimed to develop the digital preservation policy, strategy, and procedures of museums. Raise and generate the preservation infrastructures (MuseumPlusRIA) and workflows.
The methodology of collecting, presenting, conserving media art are entirely new fields for professionals working in collections.