Wageningen University & Research (WUR) possesses an art collection housed in the different buildings on the campus. In the past year, QKunst supported the WUR with restoring, reframing and placing back the collection, that is now being managed in the collection management application designed by QKunst.
Team member Melody Toering accompanied the restoration process of a great number of objects from this collection, which was handled by discipline. ‘For each discipline we team up with specialised restorers’, Melody tells us. ‘Hans Picard took on the sculptures. Some just had to be cleaned, others were damaged and needed more work.’
Paper restorer Peter Kipp restored a map from Wageningen from 1705, a true paper patchwork. ‘The result is incredible’, says Melody. ‘This is also applies to works by Marius Bauer, that are very important to the WUR, as they were once a gift from the royal family. These have been provided with new, acid free paper and a new frame and have been properly restored for the future.’
Paintings from the collection are currently being treated by Han Boersma. ‘These are all in very different condition’, says Melody. ‘Most are being reframed by Lex Lijstenmakerij in Arnhem. Recently I picked up about seventy reframed works with art handler Buro Bergmans. They look beautiful and will soon be on display again in the WUR buildings.’
Liesbeth van Ravels is responsible for the restoration of the textile works. ‘She is currently restoring a banner, an important piece within the collection because of its cultural value for the university’, says Melody. The mosaics by Hans Koetsier will be taken on next year. In the Leeuwenborg building, the artist made wall mosaics near the elevator on all the floors. ‘We are having a pilot next year to research how we can best go about restoring this work.’ Restorer Mandy Slager will be working on this project.
Work that has been restored is placed back as soon as possible, but this isn’t always possible. ‘Many of the works that we chose to restore were in storage. We first assessed the condition of the works and then made a selection for the restoration’, Melody explains. ‘We need to find a suitable place for those now. Also, the use of the buildings is frequently subject to change, more often than not making it impossible to place the works back in their original place. I often decide on the spot where an artwork will come into its own. This makes it a challenging but also fun job!’
Restoration process at WUR