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Conservation and Restoration

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Exposure of medieval wall paintings referred to as "Neidhart Series" at Tuchlauben 19, Vienna, Photo © IKR
Studio for painting conservation, Photo © IKR
Re-bonding of a lute by R. Teschner, Vienna, early 20th c., Photo © IKR
Immersion treatment of papers, Photo © Julia Wikarski
Re-Installation of the artwork: 50 Hair Bones and Sun Disk (1971) by Nancy Graves, Photo © IKR/mumok
Mapping of mural paintings in Schloss Ober St. Veit, Vienna, Photo © IKR
Exposure of medieval wall paintings referred to as "Neidhart Series" at Tuchlauben 19, Vienna, Photo © IKR
Studio for painting conservation, Photo © IKR
Re-bonding of a lute by R. Teschner, Vienna, early 20th c., Photo © IKR
Immersion treatment of papers, Photo © Julia Wikarski
Re-Installation of the artwork: 50 Hair Bones and Sun Disk (1971) by Nancy Graves, Photo © IKR/mumok
Mapping of mural paintings in Schloss Ober St. Veit, Vienna, Photo © IKR

Our mission is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the preservation of cultural property, to raise appreciation of its cultural significance and to disseminate related knowledge. This requires the Institute to operate at the interface of various scientific and artistic disciplines.

Students become familiar with modern theories and practices of conservation and restoration and learn how to act responsibly by being involved with original works of art. In practice-oriented study projects, students are taught approaches and strategies covering the entire process of conservation and restoration. This includes research on the respective work's historical and artistic significance, scientific analyses of the materials used, as well as the recognition, documentation and interpretation of various types of damage.

Education in conservation and restoration focusses on drafting conservation concepts, their practical implementation and the assessment of measures. Through practical experience, students will develop and improve their manual skills and gain competences that enable them to support and supervise conservation-related activities within the framework of exhibitions.