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Conservation Examples

Management methods for the preservation of art works

In terms of preservation of the collection, in order to maintain the good conditions of them, they need to be checked regularly from the moment when they are created, or from when they are displayed. In other words, the best way is to prevent severe damages before they happen, as in human case, we prevent disease before we get sick. However, the collection must be inspected and treated by professionals as soon as minor damages are found or they are about to be damaged.

<Self-Portrait> by Ha In-doo (1957)

The canvas of <Self-Portrait> (1957) by Ha In-doo had lost its tension due to natural aging, and had accumulated a lot of dust on the front and back. The work had to be stabilized through surface cleaning as the paint layers were beginning to crack and peel off. A new frame replaced the old distorted wooden frame, and a board was affixed to protect the back side.

Before and After Restoration
  • Before Restoration Before Restoration
  • After Restoration After Restoration

Conservation Work

1. Before restoration (photographic and written record)
  • Before Restoration Before Restoration
  • After Restoration After Restoration
2. Cleaning (Removing dust and other pollutants)
  • Removing pollutants Removing pollutants
  • Removing dust Removing dust
3. Consolidation of paint layers
  • Consolidating paint layers(injecting glue) Consolidating paint layers(injecting glue)
  • Consolidating paint layers (applying Hanji and ironing) Consolidating paint layers (applying Hanji and ironing)
4. Reinforcement of canvas and frame
  • Flattening the canvas Flattening the canvas
  • einforcing canvas edges einforcing canvas edges
5. Filling the missing parts
  • Missing parts Missing parts
  • After filling in After filling in
  • After color retouching After color retouching
6. After restoration (photographic and written record)
  • Front side after restoration Front side after restoration
  • Replaced canvas after restoration Replaced canvas after restoration
  • With protective cotton lining on the back With protective cotton lining on the back
  • Back side after restoration (protective board affixed) Back side after restoration (protective board affixed)