Stories from the conservator. Sculpture
In this section, conservators at SMK describe the conservation that they carry out as part of their day-to-day work, in small, short stories. The tasks are wide-ranging, and these stories cover the treatment and investigation of many artworks of very different character and condition.
You can read about the restoration of works on paper, parchment, canvas, wood, plaster, bronze, wax and plastic. The works of art are typically in the conservators' studios either in connection with SMK's own exhibtions and displays, or in preparation for loans to exhibitions in other museums. Conservation and research is sometimes also carried out as part of a larger research project. The conservators may also be called in if it is discovered that a work has damage and needs some care and attention. This damage may include degradation in the form of discoloration, loss of paint, cracks, surface dirt, holes, deformations, or parts of the artwork may have been lost due to damage.
The way in which a work of art is treated depends on the type of materials used to make it, as well as the degree and type of degradation or damage. The extent and choice of the restoration process is also largely determined by the work's original technique. There will, for example, be large differences in the treatment of an oil painting, a watercolour, a drawing in ink, a work in chalk, printed material and a photograph.
Discover stories about sculptures from the conservator
A house of hoses and rubber bits
Conserving modern sculptures can in some cases be a rather complicated affair, requiring conservators to venture into unknown territory.
Read about the conservators challange with Torben Ebbesen’s sculpture Solitude.
Freddies Flaking Fingers
Wilhelm Frederik Christian Freddie, 1909-1995, is considered the most renowned surrealist in Denmark - a true enfant terrible. His work The Dancer has now been restored.
Read about the conservation of the art work