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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.

<Victoire de la Villetaneuse > by Cesar Baldaccini (1957)

Although stable indoors, Cesar Baldaccini’s <Victoire de la Villetaneuse> has a high risk of getting damaged outdoors. As the top part of the work is open, it is subject to corrosion due to climate changes such as rain, snow and hail. Humidity and continued accumulation of foreign substances like tree leaves can also lead to local damages. As the work had to be installed outdoors, the restoration attempted to protect the work from rain entering the work and other harmful external factors.

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

Conservation Work

1. Before restoration (photographic and written record)
  • Before restoration – whole view Before restoration – whole view
    • Before restoration – side detail Before restoration – side detail
    • Before restoration – top detail Before restoration – top detail
2. Inserting corrosion inhibitor - Volatile corrosion inhibitor is inserted into the work to minimize corrosion due to condensation within structure as much as possible.
  • Corrosion inhibitor in polyester net is inserted in the work Corrosion inhibitor in polyester net is
    inserted in the work
  • Volatile corrosion inhibitor is inserted Volatile corrosion inhibitor is inserted
3. Making the cover - Synthetic resin cover is made for the sculpture with exposed top in order to protect the work from rain flow and other damages from external factors. 3.1 Side cover
  • Polyester resin cover is attached Polyester resin cover is attached
  • Restored with Epoxy resin Restored with Epoxy resin
  • Retouching treated area Retouching treated area
3.2 Top cover
  • Alteration with polyester resin and restored with Epoxy resin Alteration with polyester resin and
    restored with Epoxy resin
  • Cover is positioned on the top Cover is positioned on the top
  • empty spaces are glued applying heat on polyester resin empty spaces are glued applying heat on polyester resin
  • Epoxy resin cover is applied and treated Epoxy resin cover is applied and treated
4. Coating - Work is coated with protective water-soluble resin
  • VpCI-386® 10wt%(in water) applied VpCI-386® 10wt%(in water) applied
5. After restoration (photographic and written record)
  • After restoration- Front side After restoration- Front side
  • After restoration- Back side After restoration- Back side
    • After restoration- side detail / top detail
    • After restoration- side detail / top detail After restoration- side detail / top detail