Conservation & Restoration

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© Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Michaela Stankovsky
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© Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Michaela Stankovsky

At least one new major exhibition is organised and opened every year at the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum). The Conservation and Restoration Department is responsible for planning and executing the restoration of exhibits.

The department is also responsible for the general handling of exhibits, their preparation for transport, and their installation and eventual de-installation in the actual exhibition area. In addition to these tasks the department completes photographic and written documentation of all the incoming loans provided by other museums or private individuals for the duration of the exhibition.

The majority of the exhibits, however, are usually drawn from the museum’s own collections housed in off-site storage facilities. During the planning phase of every exhibition, the curators responsible select the objects for exhibit and the Conservation and Restoration Department assesses their condition with a view to planning and executing conservation or restoration measures where necessary. Often a single object will demand the collaboration of several conservators due to the range of materials it incorporates. The Technisches Museum therefore works with many freelance restorers from various specialist fields.

Security takes top priority during the transportation of objects to and from the depositories. Most items are transported using the museum's own truck with an art shipping company only being employed in particularly difficult or awkward cases.

The Conservation and Restoration Department looks after the majority of the objects when an exhibition is being set up or dismantled in order to guarantee conservation standards and the safety of the objects. Great store is set on interesting, often playful installations and forms of presentation. These offer visitors readier access to and so a deeper appreciation of objects and subjects that at first might seem unprepossessing or difficult to comprehend. Nevertheless, no object, even if it is just a simple everyday article, is ever placed at risk. These tasks require an instinctive feeling and a broad knowledge of materials and techniques!

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