The APACHE Project: Advancing Cultural Heritage Preservation

Article – 31 Dec 2023

Image © Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The APACHE project, an acronym for "Active & Intelligent Packaging Materials and Display Cases as a Tool for Preventive Conservation of Cultural Heritage," represents a significant European initiative funded by the Horizon 2020 program and executed between 2020-2022.

Cultural heritage preservation is paramount, especially considering the potential degradation caused by climatic conditions, light exposure, pollution, and improper restoration practices. As a prominent showcase manufacturer, Goppion is deeply committed to this cause. Through collaborative efforts with esteemed Research Institutes and Universities, we endeavor to develop innovative solutions aimed at enhancing preventive conservation practices.

Our involvement in the APACHE project focuses on the development of active and passive control systems for showcase environments. These systems aim to monitor and optimize the conservation environment, addressing issues such as material degradation prediction and detection of unsustainable microclimates through the use of wireless sensors. Additionally, we employ devices capable of absorbing pollutants and regulating temperature and humidity to mitigate fluctuations effectively.

During the course of the project, under Chapter VP6, Goppion has made significant contributions, including the setup of showcases for scientific testing at the University of Turin in collaboration with Professor Oscar Chiantore. Furthermore, we've crafted three final showcases, tailored for installation at prestigious museum institutions, to apply research findings effectively. These showcases are constructed with inert and rigorously tested materials, ensuring optimal conditions for preventive conservation.

Centre George Pompidou

Among the partner museum institutions receiving our "Apache" showcases are the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the National Museum in Budapest, and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris. While each showcase shares identical features, they vary in format and size, catering to the unique requirements of their respective institutions. Notably, the showcase at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice proudly houses a remarkable sculpture by Umberto Boccioni. Crafted with inert and rigorously tested materials, these showcases exemplify Goppion's commitment to preventive conservation and the preservation of our rich cultural heritage.

Read more about the project here: Apache Project

National Museum of Hungary