Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS)
Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation, CATS, is a partnership between the three Copenhagen based institutions Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), National Museum of Denmark (NMD) and the School of Conservation at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK). The three partner institutions of CATS complement each other with study facilities, conservation scientists and state-of-the-art instruments. The CATS Reference Database collects metadata of pigments, cross-sections, canvas samples, analyses etc. from the three CATS partner institutions and is continuously being developed. The KViC library facilities at KADK cover appr. 7,000 books, 150 conservation journals, 600 conference papers and 18,000 indexed articles. All within the subjects fields of conservation and restoration of art works, sculptures and murals, historical and natural objects, graphics, books, photographs and newer data carrying media, building conservation and preservation, methods of analysis, technical history and museology. The cornerstone of CATS is technical art history; the interdisciplinary field of research between conservators, natural scientists and scholars from art historical and cultural studies. Technical art history investigates the making and meaning of art works, painting techniques and artists’ materials. A main objective of the research centre is to develop new and more exact methods to diagnose, treat and preserve our art historical heritage.