Karen Esser, MSc in Paper Conservation

Conservation and Scientific Research
Tel.: +45255271175

Area of research

Study, conservation, and mounting of especially vulnerable pieces of art with unbound paint layer on paper and parchment.

Transport and storage of pastel and charcoal drawings. Study of the implications of good and bad conservation treatments concerning frail works of art, undertaken in order to achieve a better understanding of the specific requirements for treatment, handling, storage and transport.

Selected publications

Esser, K. (2012). Transport of unfixed paint layers on paper within an institution. In: Moving Collections: Processes and Consequences. (ed: Ida Antonia Tank Bronken, Susan Braovac, Tone Marie Olstad, Anne Apalnes Ørnhøi). Archetype Publications. pp. 91-98

Esser, K. (2011). Art-Works with an Unfixed paint Layer on Paper. Guidelines for handling and Transport. In: IADA. Journal of Paper Conservation. Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 13-24

Esser, K. (2009). Ufikserede farvelag i papirkunsten – en undersøgelse af pastel-, kul- og kridtsamlingen på Statens Museum for Kunst. School of Conservation, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

Contributions to conferences

“Planning to move? Processes and consequences for collections, objects and society”. (2012). IIC Nordic Group – NKFs XIX International Conference. 15. – 17. October 2012, Oslo. Title of presentation: Transport of unfixed paint layers on paper within an institution

”Research Day”. Statens Museum for Kunst, 28. april 2007. Title of presentation: KKS – Den Kongelige Kobberstiksamling


  • ICOM-CC, International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation
  • IIC, International Institute for Conservation
  • NKF, Nordisk Konserverings Forbund
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