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The Paper Conservation Studio

The Paper Conservation Studio

    The paper conservation studio has existed since the museum was opened to the public and its aim is to conserve the museum’s collection of books and calligraphy. The museum’s paper conservators treat artworks in the collection regularly but can also be called upon to implement remedial treatment in light of demands made by the museum’s curators. During treatment the primary responsibility of the conservator is to preserve the artworks and to retain their aesthetic integrity. Considering the speed of technological developments in the field of conservation, reversible methods are implemented for all interventive treatments.



All of the artworks that are not on display are housed in our storage facility; the store is specifically designed for long-term storage of the collection. Framed works are hung on sliding grills, while furniture and sculpture are stored on shelves. Books and single-paper works are placed into acid-free boxes and stored in cabinets.



Installation of the artworks that are displayed in the museum is achieved in consultation with the conservation department. The museum conservators and the lenders of artworks collaborate on the installation of showcases and on the mounting of artworks. A conservation report is compiled and signed off by the conservators and lenders and the condition of the artworks are checked before and after the exhibition.


 All of the artworks in the Sakıp Sabancı Museum Collection are digitally documented and a hard copy of the reports is archived. The database contains reports on physical and scientific information together with photographs. Any change in the location of the works in the collection is tracked using the catalogue and any conservation treatment is recorded in the conservation reports. Works that have been loaned to the museum have their own condition reports supplied by the lender institution and any treatment recommendations or environmental control prerequisites are strictly adhered to.