A full understanding of the condition of works of art in collections or private hand is necessary to inform priorities for preventive and interventive conservation treatment. In the best case, condition reports demonstrate that no deterioration has occurred, proofing that the artwork’s environment is adequate, or existing preventive conservation procedures are effective.
A condition report is generally generated per object and entails a technical examination, as well as the type and extent of any damage and possible causes. A condition report may accordingly make recommendations for conservation treatment and the cost for the examination report can then be credited towards the future treatment of the affected work of art.
To assess the overall condition of a collection, a more general, environmental, or, collection specific condition survey is being conducted. Consultation services include general risk assessment, the revision of lighting and hanging/mount design, environmental monitoring and pest management.
At LA Art Labs, we have generated thousands of condition reports or condition surveys, e.g. for private clients, traveling exhibitions at major museums or historic sites, and new acquisition.
During the exhibition install of LACMA’s show 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life by David Hockney. LA Art Lab’s founder Kamila M. Korbela accordingly checked the condition of 82 and 1 paintings, generated new condition reports or added relevant information to existing ones.