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16th International Symposium on Wood and Furniture Conservation, Stichting Ebenist

Divine Interventions
Challenges in the conservation of wooden religious art objects

Wednesday 10 April excursions
Thursday and Friday 11-12 April 2024
De Duif, Prinsengracht 756

Wednesday 10 April: optional excursions, details to be announced.

Thursday 11 April

9:00    Registration with coffee/tea

9:45    Word of welcome from the chair: Tirza Mol

Moderating morning session: Boudewien Westra 

10:00 10:30
Engaging religious artefacts: community collaboration case studies in the organic materials studio of the British Museum
Alex Owen, senior conservator at the British Museum, London, UK

10:30 10:50
Renewing devotion: transforming a wooden statuette through the treatment of its textiles
Circée Novick, student of the advanced professional programme in Conservation and Restoration of Textiles at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Co-authors Livi Andreini, Ana Serrano and Marjolein Homan Free

10:50 – 11:20
A sacred ark by Samuel Katz: tradition and innovation in American synagogues of the early 20th century
Christine Storti, head of the furniture and frame conservation lab of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

11:20 – 11:55    Coffee/tea

11:55 – 12:20
Conservation of the interior of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam
Frederik Franken, conservation architect at Bureau voor Bouwhistorisch Onderzoek en Restauratie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

12:20 – 12:45
The conservation of the Heichal in the Portuguese synagogue of Amsterdam
Pol Bruijs, furniture conservator at Bruijs & Streep, Haarlem, the Netherlands

12:45 – 13:05
Poster pitch sessions
Abi Tudor, Francesca Zenucchini & Chiara Ricci & Davide Quadrio & Paola Buscaglia, Caro van Mierlo & Vincent Cattersel, Morgane Martin, Alice Limb, Livi Andreini, Fiorella Lavado & Stephanie Hornbeck

13:05 – 14:10    Lunch

Moderating afternoon session: Helbertijn Krudop

14:10 – 14:40
Piecing together a fragmented image: research and treatment of a 15th-century polychrome sculpture of St. George and the dragon
Paul van Laar, PhD candidate at Research Unit VICARTE (DCR/FCT NOVA) Lisbon, Portugal, alongside the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK, and Charlotte Gleiß, student in conservation and restoration at the Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany. Co-authors Mané van Veldhuizen, Ingrid Kramer, Erma Hermens, Jaap Boonstra, Jan Dorscheid, Paul van Duin, Anne-Sofie Hamers and Isabel Ostermann von Roth

14:40 – 15:10
Weighing knowledge and respect: the opportunities and pitfalls of researching Congolese heritage objects
Sofie Dierickx, research assistant at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium and Lili Boros, master’s student in art history and archaeology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Co-author Siska Genbrugge

15:10 – 15:40
Toolmarks from Stavanger cathedral reveal fraud
Stina Ekelund Erlandsen, head of conservation, Museumstjenestene i Rogaland, Norway and Michael Heng, cabinet maker and furniture restorer, Museum Stavanger, Norway

15:40 16:10    Coffee/tea

16:10 – 16:25
The preservation of a 700 m² painted wooden ceiling
Roos Keppler, historic interiors conservator, Hilversum, the Netherlands, Hinke Sigmond, historic interiors conservator, Hilversum, the Netherlands. Co-authors Maurice Steemers and Johanneke Verhave

16:25 – 16:40
The Teba’s history and its mystery: conservation of the Teba in the Portugese Synagoge
Joost Hoving, independent furniture conservator. Co-author Reinier Klusener

16:40 – 17:10
Matching expectations: an overview on the conservation of altarpieces
Ana Bidarra, private conservator and teacher of conservation and restoration of sculpture at Tomar Polytechnic Institute, Portugal and Pedro Antunes, conservator in private practice at Cinábrio, Portugal

17:10    End of lectures, closing remarks

19:00    Informal dinner (optional) to meet and catch up with colleagues from the field


Friday 12 April

9:30    Reception with coffee/tea

Moderating morning session: Helbertijn Krudop

10:00 10:30
The conservation of the shrine (with its content) of saint Constantine, in the cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp
Nathalie Posson, teacher of classical furniture-making-techniques and wood- and furniture conservation techniques at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium

10:30 – 11:00
Conservators’ dilemmas with working ecclesiastical objects. A case study of the treatment of medieval misericords from Ripon cathedral, Yorkshire, UK
Henning Schulze, senior lecturer and programme leader in conservation studies, University of Lincoln, Great Britain

11:00 – 11:30    Coffee/tea

11:30 12:00
Collaboration in the conservation of sacred materials in museums between the global north and the global south: African Museology Project at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and African Partners
Davison Chiwara, project coordinator for the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, African Museology Project and Dana Moffet, head of conservation at the SmithsonianNational Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

12:00 12:25
Social and cultural aspects on conserving Byzantine icons in Greek museums
Andreas Sampatakos, tutor of icons and wooden artefacts conservation in the department of conservation of antiquities and works of art at the University of West Attica, Athens, Greece and Dimitris Chatzigiannis, lecturer conservation courses at the department of conservation of antiquities and works of art, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece

12:25 12:55
Holy, shiny, and yet so modest in its heart: study and conservation of the great shrine of the abbey of St-Maurice (Valais-Switzerland)
Pierre Boesiger, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève, Switserland and Romain Jeanneret, Abbaye de St. Maurice d’Agaune. Co-authors Pierre Alain Mariaux, Claude Veuillet and Denise Witschard

12:55 14:15    Lunch

Moderating afternoon session: Machteld Jacques

14:15 – 14:35
Conservation of a Makonde sculpture
William Kinsley, independent wood conservator, Princeton, NJ, USA

14:35 – 14:55
Aging wood by heat treatment: a new, more durable technique for restoring incomplete marquetry. Conservation solution for the two Baroque altars of the Kamaldul Hermitage in Majk, Hungary
Kinga Papp, general manager and lead  conservator, Antik-Pappart Kft., Vértesszőlős, Hungary

14:55 – 15:15
Conservation of a 14th century polychrome wooden Crucifixus Dolorosus from the Archdiocesan Museum in Wrocław
Paulina Staszkiewicz MA, conservator of paintings and wooden polychrome sculpture, graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland

15:15 – 15:45    Coffee/tea

15:45 – 16:05
Divine (scale) models: Saving a unique yet neglected 120 year old scale model of the choir of a church by Cuypers and Stuyt.
Tim Schoenmakers, independent furniture conservator at studio Tim Schoenmakers, Roermond, the Netherlands

16:05 – 16:30
Plain and useful but neglected: conservation-restoration of simple furniture of the church of Our Lady of Sunj on the island of Lopud Croatia
Andreas Krupa, lecturer of furniture conservation-restoration, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Co-authors Josko Bogdanovic, Charles Indekeu, Marianne Decroly and Lisa Burkart.

16:30 16:55
Student conservation work on sacral wooden furnishings in St. Nikolai, Stralsund as part of the studies at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Jörg Weber, head of wood conservation and restoration workshop and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany

16:55 – 17:15
New canopies and consoles for the twelve apostles in Venray
Vera Teunen and Hilbert Tjalkens, independent cabinet makers at Bloss-holz, Rastenberg, Germany

17:15    Closing remarks and drinks

18:45    End of symposium

This programme is subject to change. On Wednesday afternoon there will be a choice of (optional) excursions.

Registration opens on 21 January and closes on 31 March.

The fee for the two-day symposium is € 230. This includes coffee, tea and lunches. For students there is a reduced fee of € 190. Please be prepared to show your student card at the door.

On Thursday night, 11 April, an optional informal dinner will be hosted at the IJ Kantine, to meet and catch up with colleagues from the field. A supplement of € 60,00 is required for this dinner. Payment is processed directly during online registration.

We hope to see you at the symposium.

Location: De Duif, Prinsengracht 756, Amsterdam

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