In Munich: Conserving Boulle Furniture, Exhibition and Symposium

Posted in conferences (to attend), exhibitions by Editor on March 15, 2011

From the museum’s website:

Prunkmöbel am Münchner Hof: Barocker Dekor unter der Lupe
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Munich, 8 April — 31 July 2011

Symposium — Baroque Furniture in the Boulle Technique: Conservation, Science and History
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Munich, 5-7 May 2011

In spring 2011 the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum will have completed an interdisciplinary research project dedicated to the conservation /restoration of four writing cabinets decorated with fine marquetry in the Boulle technique. These cabinets were made by Johann Puchwiser (1680-1744), ebenist to the Munich court. The project has been supported by the Getty Foundation, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung und the Eleonora-Schamberger-Stiftung and joined by an international group of furniture experts, scientists and conservators/restorers.

To showcase this project, we are planning the exhibition Prunkmöbel am Münchner Hof: Barocker Dekor unter der Lupe from 8th April to 31st July 2011. The show will present magnificent furniture in the Boulle technique and focuses especially on the conservation of the Puchwiser cabinets, stylistic developments, manufacturing
techniques, and Boulle marquetry in general.

The announced symposium on the conservation project Baroque Furniture in Boulle Technique: Conservation, Science, and History is addressed to art historians, conservators/restorers and scientists. Internationally recognized experts will present their results in conservation/ restoration and scientific analysis of objects in Boulle technique. Lectures and guided tours will be held in English. Post-prints will be published shortly after the conference and can be ordered in advance. Conference fee including coffee break and lunch: 120€ / Reduced fee for students: 60€. Deadline for registration: 15th April 2011.

On Thursday 5th May we will meet for an evening dinner in the restaurant of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. If you would like to join, please add 40€ to the conference fee. For registration and information, please contact:

A preliminary program is available here»

Architecture Dissertations in Progress

Posted in graduate students by Editor on March 15, 2011

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