Prof. Dr Manfred Koller has been awarded the biennial Forbes Prize for conspicuous services to conservation by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, its highest honour.
Prof. Dr Koller was the Chief of the Restoration Laboratories of the Austrian Bundesdenkmalamt 1980 - 2005 and was a lecturer in conservation and technology at the art academies and universities in Vienna. Prof. Dr Koller is the twenty-second recipient of the Prize.
Prof. Dr Manfred Koller has published or collaborated in over 580 publications on the history of art, the technical history of art and the conservation of paintings, polychrome sculpture, murals, stucco work, stone and architectural surfaces. Prof. Dr Koller was the Austrian government's delegate to ICCROM 1972 - 92 and is a founding member of the IIC Austrian Section (in 1979) and was its President from 2003 to 2011. He was Editor of the IIC Austrian Section's annual periodical Restauratorenblatter from 1973 to 2011.
The Forbes Prize Lecture traces its roots to 1958, when a Forbes Prize Fund was set up at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, USA, in recognition of Edward W. Forbes's services to conservation. The first Forbes Prize Lecture was given at the 1961 Rome Congress by Harold Plenderleith and a Forbes Prize Lecture has been given at each subsequent IIC Congress.
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