The State Hermitage
for the first time participated in Exhibition-Salon Restoration. Salon
of Art Restoration and Conservation of Objects of Cultural Heritage
Exhibition-salon Restoration. Salon of Art restoration and Conservation
of Objects of Cultural Heritage ("Restauro") is a large
specialized exhibition , entirely dedicated to restoration and conservation
of monuments of artistic, historical and architectural heritage. For the
first time "Restauro" opened its doors for the visitors in 1991
and now it has become an annual event.
Within the crisscross year of "Italy-Russia" the Department
of Scientific Restoration and Conservation of the State Hermitage for
the first time participated in the 8th Exhibition-Salon, held from 27 March to 5 April, 2011 in Ferrara (Italy).
Two laboratories of the State Hermitage were introduced at the exhibition:
the Laboratory of Scientific Restoration of Monumental Painting and the
Laboratory of Scientific Restoration of Precious Metals.
Visitors took a great interest in diversity of monuments, undergoing
restoration and conservation in the Laboratory of Scientific Restoration
of Monumental Painting as well as to traditional methods which were developed
by the laboratory specialists as early as in the mid of the 20th century
and still remain their scientific applicability today.
During four days the salon worked master classes on laser cleaning and
laser welding of special samples were held. All restoration processes
were demonstrated in real-time mode on special monitors, connected to
optical units of the laser machines. After the demonstration discussion
of new restoration techniques, applied in the Hermitage took place. Restorers
from Italy (Florence, Verona, Padua, Venice, Rome and Milan), Germany,
the USA, Poland, Serbia and other countries showed a keen interest in
the advanced technological developments.
Individually information on restoration of picture Lorenzo Lotto Madonna
delle Grazie was presented.
Within the frames of the 8th Exhibition-Salon Restoration staff
of the Department of Scientific Restoration and Conservation participated
in the restoration conference where they introduced ten reports, raising
a great interest of the audience.
Information materials of the Hermitage stand, telling about the work
of the Department and its restoration laboratories, introducing the renewed
masterpieces: pictures, sculptures, objects of applied art raised permanent
interest of numerous visitors of the exhibition-salon. After presentation
of restoration projects, master classes and reports of the staff of the
Hermitage at the conference many Western restorers took interest in rules
of training in the museum, young professionals in this sphere expressed
a desire to receive training in its laboratories.
Four days of the salon were extremely saturated with the most diverse
events for specialists - presentations of restoration projects and new
technologies, conferences and workshops on the most acute issues of restoration
and conservation, organized by museums, laboratories, companies and institutions,
related to this sphere.
Stand of the State Hermitage at the exhibition
Visitors at the museum stand
Viktor Korobov, Svetlana Petrova and Tatyana Baranova introduce the Department
of Scientific Restoration and Conservation
Igor Malkiel, Head of the Laboratory of Sciebtific Restoration of Precious
Metals giving the master class
Irina Artemyeva Director of Scientific Center the Hermitage-Italy