IPERION CHIntegrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Cultural Heritage

image5From October 2015 to March 2017

The Center for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS), CATS  a collaborate research venture between Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Museum of Denmark and the School of Conservation at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, is heading up a collaborative research project aiming to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly preservation methods to ensure the future of large-scale works made of polyurethane foam (PUR). Scientists and conservators will focus on fabrication techniques, material components and degradation phenomena that are relevant to the conservation of PUR. The research project has attracted a major grant from the Danish Agency for Culture.

Focus on sustainability

There are a few established methods for the treatment of degraded PUR. Most treatments involve toxic chemicals which cannot be used in an open workshop.  These health and safety issues are difficult to comply with when working with large-scale PUR works of art or design pieces; works, which can only be treated in a closed environment with extraction.  The current project will focus on developing sustainable, innovative conservation methods to treat large-scale PUR works in art and design.

The PUR project runs from October 2015 to March 2017 and will end with a workshop to facilitate results for conservation professionals.

For further information please contact:

Conservator of Contemporary art and Sculpture
Statens Museum for Kunst / CATS
Louise Cone
T +45 3374 7127
E louise.cone@smk.dk

Senior Research Scientist
Nationalmuseet / CATS
Yvonne Shashoua
T +4541206481
E Yvonne.shashoua@natmus.dk