Student & Emerging Conservator Conference 2013 - Visits

Friday, 13 September, 2013 - 23:00
Place: 
Copenhagen
Denmark

Arrangements were made with seven different conservation studios located in the city centre of Copenhagen.

1. Det Kongelige Bibliotek, The Royal Library Copenhagen

The National Library of Denmark collection consists of books, manuscripts, maps, globes and photographic material. The staff members at the Department of Preservation are paper conservators and bookbinders who undertake conservation, restoration and packing of single objects as well as general preventive conservation.

2. Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), National Gallery of Denmark

SMK's art collection ranges from the early Renaissance to cutting-edge contemporary art. Visits were made to the Conservation Department where the conservators work at documenting, conserving and restoring works created on paper, canvas, parchment, vellum, wood, and copper, as well as sculptures made of plaster, plastic, and bronze. Current research within the CATS (Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation) programme was presented.

3. Private conservator Bo Kirkegaard (Thorvaldsens Museum)

Bo Kirkegaard undertakes preservation of visual art and architecture of national significance. His company was founded in 1986 and employs six art conservators. Bo presented his current conservation work of the decorated ceiling at the Thorvaldsens Museum. The Museum was built in the middle of the 19th century by Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll and is one of the oldest Museum buildings in Denmark.

4. Rosenborg Castle (Amalienborg), The Danish Royal Collection

The department for painting conservation at Rosenborg Castle is based in a small studio at Amalienborg Castle. The painting conservators presented their current projects and show hands on conservation.

5. Københavns Bymuseum, The Museum of Copenhagen

The Museum of Copenhagen wishes to kindle a desire for knowledge of the city, its past, present and future with relevant and innovative exhibitions. Visitors heard about conservation work via documentation, safeguarding the collection and making the collection available to the public. The museum staff also ran a guided city tour through the historical streets of Copenhagen.

6. Nationalmuseet, Brede, the National Museum of Denmark.

The National Museum of Denmark's Conservation Department performs many restoration and conservation projects relating to both the museum's own collections and external conservation customers. The Museum’s collection consists of a wide range of different materials, which were made visible through a guided tour through the Conservation Department.

7. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, The Glyptotek

The Glyptotek is a museum of the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean as well as Danish and French art from the 19th century founded by the brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen in 1902. Visits to the conservation studio were undertaken to listen to a presentation on the conservation research project Tracking Colour, investigating the polychromy of Greek and Roman sculpture.