PRESERVATION - RESTORATION - PRESENTATION
The restorers working in the Albertinas Restoration Department are entrusted with the preventative, preservative and
restorative attendance upon the collection holdings. It is their task to document the state of repair or disrepair of the
artworks and to set appropriate measures to stabilise that state and to optimise the exterior visual appearance of the objects.
As an initiator and partner in collaboration with natural science faculties and institutes of education connected to the subject,
as well as the industry, the Restoration Department of the Albertina contributes to new insights and to the development of
innovative techniques and products.
The Albertina collections are stored in an automatic high-rack storage depot and in numerous manually operated depots. The
storage building with its state-of-the-art technology and
security standards provides
a stable climate (constant
Storage boxes for safekeeping of historical print albums
temperature and humidity) and facilitates optimal manipulation of the works of art.
Large parts of the holdings are stored in storage boxes especially developed for this purpose. The high-quality materials
used for safekeeping the works of arts (mats, portfolios, envelopes) are acid-free, non-ageing and help optimise the immediate
environment of the collection holdings.
Each work of art is unique and defines sui generis the limits of how it can be processed. The practices used at the Albertina
reflect the latest technical and scientific state of knowledge and take into consideration its place in the history of the
Restoration projects from the Albertinas Graphic Art Collection
Restoration projects from the Albertinas Photographic Collection
For more information regarding the book, Coatings on Photographs, Materials, Techniques, and Conservation, or to order a copy
In addition to the optimised conditions in the exhibition rooms, framing, matting and mounting should provide protection with
respect to climate, UV filtering and theft protection.
Louis XVI frame
Work of art: Rudolf von Alt, The Cloister of St. John Lateran in Rome, 1835
In addition to the standard picture frames, which were developed especially for the Albertina to facilitate changing of picture
frames quickly, simply and without causing damage, custom-made frames designed to fit individual works of art are of special
importance at the Albertina.
For this purpose original historic frames are used, if possible, or copies of original historic frames are specially altered
to fit the work of art. Accordingly, old forms of matting (e.g., French mats) are also revived and harmonised with modern
materials that contribute to conservation.