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Call for applications for the role of Collections Curator at the MdV

March 25 - May 3

Call for applications for the role of Collections Curator at the Museo del Violino in Cremona

 

Foreword
Article 6 of the Code of the Cultural Heritage and Landscape links the concept of public enjoyment of heritage with it being beneficial to society: “cultural goods should be protected but kept in circulation, never in a safe, since the risk of deterioration does not justify freezing them”. This could therefore result in strong discord between those responsible for preservation, who see the ‘benefit to society’ as passing on works of art in their entirety to future generations, and citizens for whom the ‘benefit’ in this case is the fulfilment of cultural needs. The preservation and restoration measures adopted for musical instruments follow the same principles and present the same problems as those adopted for other cultural goods, but with additional issues to be taken into account. There is no doubt that such objects are also decorative objets d’art or pieces of furniture. A restored musical instrument, however, is expected to be played, meaning that the instruments have a historical, aesthetic and also functional value. Clearly, then, a different restorative (preservative) approach is required if full or primary importance is placed on one of these aspects. Of course, the extension of the criteria for protecting cultural goods to include musical instruments gives rise to a number of juxtapositions when it comes to preservation and restoration measures.
As far as the Museo del Violino is concerned, the concept of ‘reuse’ is as much a factor today as it was in the past with regard to collections of bowed stringed instruments. An attempt has been made to answer the question of whether it is possible to combine “the best conditions of use and public enjoyment of the heritage” while guaranteeing all “activities and measures aimed at monitoring the condition of the cultural asset and maintaining its ‘integrity’, functional efficiency and identity”.
It has consequently been possible to use the instruments for musical purposes thanks to collaboration with the Arvedi Non-Invasive Diagnostics Laboratory at the University of Pavia and the Laboratory of Acoustic Physics at the Polytechnic University of Milan, and the contribution of various internationally renowned restoration professionals. Conditions that contribute to the implementation of a preservation model for which modern-day museums are renowned. As a preliminary step, the possibility of studying and documenting an instrument’s condition provided the preservation officer with information to help plan its public enjoyment.
The compilation of special registers documented the frequency with which the instruments had been used over the past ten years, the duration of the musical performances for which they were used and the recording of instances of risk, as well as maintenance operations such as the replacement of strings.
Planned preservation projects were initiated for the purposes of assessing the occurrence of deterioration phenomena concerning the instruments through repeated diagnostic work. In this respect, considering that even brief use presents an opportunity to check the condition of an instrument, periodic checks were carried out in collaboration with musicians to complement the curator’s specific expertise.
Finally, the principle of ‘reuse’ can be implemented, in accordance with ministerial recommendations, if the microclimate in auditorium spaces is controlled to ensure the same temperature and humidity levels as in museum rooms. A series of written procedures indicating the practices to be observed with each handling operation were adopted when the museum opened and a code of conduct for performers put in place.

 

1 – Requirements for inclusion in the selection process 

General requirements
The applicant must declare the following in their application, under their own responsibility pursuant to Article 76 of Presidential Decree 445/2000:
–  that they have read and accepted the contents of the Foreword, as an integral part of the present document;
–  that they are at least 18 years of age;
–  that they are not subject to any measures that prevent them from entering into an employment relationship in accordance with the regulations in force.
Applicants must meet all requirements on the date of the deadline for submitting applications and must continue to do so until the employment contract is signed. Physical fitness will be ascertained by the Foundation directly as set out in Legislative Decree no 81/2008.

Qualifications and specific requirements
The following are essential requirements:
a) Professional luthiery technician’s diploma or equivalent qualification/certificate issued by an internationally recognised luthiery school upon completion of a course lasting at least three years.
b) At least one of the following, in addition to the previous requirement:
–  Master’s or equivalent degree obtained through one of the following courses: Preservation and restoration of cultural goods, qualifying the individual to restore musical instruments and scientific and technical instrumentation (pursuant to Legislative Decree no 42/2004 LMR-02); Preservation and restoration of cultural goods (LM-11); Musicology (LM-45);
–  Bachelor’s or equivalent degree obtained through one of the following courses: Cultural Heritage or Musicology (L-1); Technologies for Preserving and Restoring Cultural Goods (L-43);
– proven and documented experience gained over many years working in the luthiery field and in musical instrument preservation and restoration.

Documentation
A CV including the following will be required:
– a list of industry publications, including international ones;
– documentation of previous experience in the field of musical instrument preservation and restoration;
– documented experience in museum and/or archival work;
– qualifications in the museum sector;
– any other qualifications in the musical field.

Language skills
– knowledge of the Italian language (if not mother tongue) – level B2;
– knowledge of the English language (if not mother tongue) – level B2;
– possible knowledge of an additional foreign language (preferably German, French).

Computer skills
Basic knowledge of the Office package (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and use of e-mail.

Residence
Willingness and ability to reside in Cremona.

 

2 – Job description (responsibilities, scope and tasks)
The curator is responsible for the preservation, security, management and enhancement of the collections entrusted to them. Together with the director, they are responsible for the museum’s mission and identity.
They are also notably required to do the following, in compliance with that stated in the Foreword:
– plan and coordinate the inventorying and cataloguing of the collections in accordance with national and regional standards and ensure public enjoyment of the same;
– prepare plans for routine maintenance, preservation and restoration and ensure that the basic maintenance required for the museum and musical activities planned by the Foundation is carried out;
– participate in programmes to expand the collections;
– contribute to the development of exhibition criteria and projects for the collections in question;
– conduct and coordinate scientific research activities;
– contribute to the enhancement of the collections through cultural, educational and scientific outreach activities;
– handle relations with the authorities as outlined in the agreement between the City of Cremona and the Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari;
– take receipt of collections and take responsibility for them where the owning body is concerned;
– in cooperation with the management team, assess the musical use of the instruments in the collections and ensure that they are functional.
The curator is also responsible for the handling of the instruments in the collections, both on and offsite, in cooperation with the management team.

  

3 – Salary and conditions of employment
The contractual relationship is based on an exclusive agreement with the Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Cremona. Any exceptions for professional services of any kind must be agreed with the Foundation itself.
Pursuant to the current Federculture CCNL (national collective labour agreement), the initial salary envisaged for the middle manager category and any other remuneration provided for in the employment contract, including the thirteenth and fourteenth months’ salary, will apply to the role. Upon completion of the probationary period provided for in the CCNL, the role will become full-time and permanent. The individual salary offered will be based on experience and the outcome of the selection process.
Working hours will include a daily commitment that will take into account the activities and opening hours of the Museo del Violino (Tuesday to Sunday, continuously).

 

4 – Submitting an application
Applications for inclusion in the selection process must be sent by e-mail only to scientific@museodelviolino.org with the subject ‘Candidatura per incarico di Conservatore delle Collezioni MdV’ by 03/05/2024 at 3pm. The date and time at which the e-mail reaches the Foundation’s e-mail provider will be decisive.
The Foundation accepts no responsibility for any failure to receive communications due to the applicant providing an incorrect address, or for any postal or telegraphic errors however attributable to third parties, fortuitous events or instances of force majeure, or caused by the applicant’s failure or delay in communicating a change to the address stated on the application.
The applicant must declare the following in their application, under their own responsibility pursuant to Article 76 of Presidential Decree 445/2000:

  1. Their first name and surname;
  2. Their date and place of birth;
  3. Their tax code (personal identification number for foreign applicants);
  4. Their home address and phone number (landline and/or mobile);
  5. Authorisation to use an e-mail address for any communications relating to the selection process;
  6. That they meet the general requirements set out in point 1) of the present document;
  7. That they possess the qualifications and specialisation outlined in point 2) of the present document, a detailed list of which will be required;
  8. That they are aware of the criminal sanctions applicable in the event of falsifying documents and making false declarations, and that this would mean forfeiting any benefits obtained on the basis of false declarations;
  9. That they have read and accept the Foreword to the present document;
  10. That they have read and fully and unconditionally accept the provisions outlined in the present document;
  11. That the information contained in their application and in the accompanying CV is true;
  12. That they are aware that the data provided is compulsory for the purposes of participating in this selection process and that they therefore authorise the Foundation to process said data for all related purposes in accordance with Regulation 2016/679.

The applicant’s signature at the bottom of the application in accordance with Article 3, Paragraphs 5 and 11 of Law no 127/97 is not subject to authentication. For the above-mentioned declarations you may use the Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di Certificazione form in Appendix 1, to be submitted together with the application itself, drafted in free text form as requested in the present document, accompanied by a list of the required documentation (which may be attached) and a scan of a valid identity document.

 

5 – Grounds for exclusion
The following applicants will not be included in the selection process or will be excluded from said process should grounds for ineligibility arise after they have been included:
– those who do not meet the requirements for participation;
– those who have submitted their application by means other than those stated in the present document;
– those whose applications are received by the Foundation after the deadline;
– those who have submitted an application with omitted, incomplete or incorrect personal details (surname, first name, date and place of birth);
– those who have submitted an application with an omitted, incomplete or incorrect address;
– those who have submitted an application that is not signed or incomplete in that it lacks some or all of the attachments required or other declarations to be made pursuant to the present document.

 

6 – Processing of personal data
The personal data provided in the individual applicant’s application to take part in the selection process will be gathered and processed by the staff responsible for managing the selection process and exclusively for the purposes of implementing said process or resulting from it, in accordance with the obligations of confidentiality and security provided for by the privacy regulations in force. Applicants may, at any time, exercise their right of access limited to their personal data.

 

7 – Final provisions
Participation in the selection process implicitly implies acceptance of all of the provisions contained in the present document, without reservation. However, the Foundation reserves the right to perform all necessary checks to prove the truthfulness of the declarations made. The present document will be published on the Foundation’s website (www.museodelviolino.org).

 

APPENDIX: 
Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di Certificazione form (editable pdf )

 

Details

Start:
March 25
End:
May 3

Venue

Museo del Violino
piazza Marconi 5
Cremona, Italia
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