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Art, Craft and Ingenuity

Restorers of modern artworks have to deal with the strangest materials.Christian Scheidemann has worked on everything from sculptures made from eggshells to a work made from elephant excrement at his studio in Los Angeles.

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Scheidemann is a master when it comes to saving the works of iconic modern artists such as Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Paul McCarthy and Robert Gober. The restorer approaches their aging creations like a doctor does patients. Artists, collectors and museums all go to him for help. This documentary takes a close look at how Scheidemann works and the materials he uses to make magic, including resurrecting an image that had already been deemed a total loss. And the film also follows him as he examines the work of a young artist in Brooklyn, advises performance artist Carolee Schneemann, and receives a Golden Lion at the Biennale in Venice.