I was just referenced in the recent publication ‘Edvard Munch – Between the Clock and the Bed’ by the brilliant researcher Mille Stein. Prompted by this situation, I would like to point to my contribution to the book ‘Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges’. My paper focuses on five paintings by Edvard Munch in the collection of the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. Two paintings suffered from complex structural problems, as local crack patterns, flaking, and paint loss have been a constant issue, even after repeated selective consolidation. As all treatments have thus been of limited success in the long term, I identified the causes of this recurrent problem in order to develop a strategy to ensure the paintings’ stability in the future. The clarification of structures in the two deteriorated paintings not only helped to substantiate the presumptions about their physical and chemical deterioration, but also complemented the existing body of research into Munch’s oeuvre for an understanding of degradation processes in his paintings.
Some paintings undergo remarkable transformations during the restoration process. My recent treatment of a painting by Anton Raphael Mengs was kindly acknowledged in a post on LACMA’s blog. The painting can now be enjoyed in LACMA’s European galleries.
I examined and restored a panel painting by the German-Dutch flower and still-life painter Abraham Mignon (1640-1679) at the Conservation Department of the National Gallery of Denmark during preparations for the exhibition Flowers and World Views. The artistic quality of Mignon’s meticulously detailed works had disappeared under thick layers of yellowed varnish and discoloured overpaint. This project was an opportunity to remove the old restorations in order to reveal the virtuosity of Mignon’s works.
This film offers insight into a conservator’s working process. See how I analysed and restored a panel painting by the German-Dutch flower and still-life painter Abraham Mignon (1640-1679) at the Conservation Department of the National Gallery of Denmark, and how hidden stories are unveiled.
Producer: Mathilde Schytz Marvit Director/camera/editing/sound/light: Alexandra Kristjansen Music: Frederik Strunk Grafic: Louise Springborg Content: Kamila Marta Korbela