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ICOM-CC Graphic Document Working Group 2019 Interim Meeting programme

January 14 2022 Graphic Documents

ICOM-CC Graphic Document Working Group

Interim Meeting Jan 30 to Feb 1 2019


Schaulager |

Ruchfeldstrasse 19, 4142 Münchenstein (Basel), Switzerland

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Programme (subject to change)

Wednesday, January 30th 2019

8.30  Registration desks opens

At the registration desk, please sign up for the technical visits on Friday morning in Basel and surroundings. The following institutions offer technical visits:

Musée du Papier peint, F-Rixheim (
Historisches Museum Basel (
Berner Fachhochschule, Bern (
Kunstmuseum Basel (
Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, Affoltern am Albis (
Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, Bern (
Vitra Design Museum, D-Weil am Rhein (
Papiermuseum Basel (

At the registration desk, please sign up for workshops on Friday morning:

- MFT workshop at Kunstmuseum Basel (two workshops, max. number of participants: 15).
Particle blasting device workshop at Kunstmuseum Basel (two workshops, max. number of participants: 8).

At the registration desk, please sign up for additional guided tours on Wednesday and Thursday:

- Schaulager offered during the lunch breaks on Wednesday and Thursday
guided tour at Fondation Beyeler ( on Thursday 18:00 (max. number of participants: 20)

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome

Josef Helfenstein (Kunstmuseum), Heidi Naef (Schaulager), Ute Henniges (ICOM-CC Graphic Documents Working Group Coordinator)

Session 1 – Case studies

9.30 – 10.00
Boléro (shoe shine blues) by Francis Alÿs - a conservation treatment of 384 drawings on modern transparent paper. S. Schmid and L. Senn (invited talk from Schaulager)

10.00 – 10.30
Cézanne's drawings at the Kunstmuseum Basel - Searching for traces and reconstructing his sketchbooks. A. Seger

10.30 – 11.00     
Of burnt wine lees and burning oil – reconstructing a historical pigment and intaglio printing ink based on Frankford Black. M. Kern, J. Müller, Y. Wiegand, I. Brückle, and A. Stijnman

11.00 – 11.30  Break

Session 2 – Case studies (continued)

11.30 – 12.00
Study and analysis of red chalk drawings newly attributed to Giovanni Battista Piranesi and his workshop at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. M. Krämer

12.00 – 12.30
Vienna Genesis: Purple dyeing of parchment and consequences for conservation. S. Rabitsch, C. Hofmann, M. Aceto, M. J. Melo, I. Boesken Kanold, and J. Vnoucek

12.30 – 13.00     
Two challenging funerary papyri in Liverpool. E. Menei and L. Caylux

13.00 – 14.00  Break

Session 3 – New devices/ scientific studies in conservation

14.00 – 14.30
Local treatments of solving old mendings in bound manuscripts and rare prints using an innovative heat transfer method. Y. Liu

14.30 – 15.00
Folded Parchment - Investigating Damage and Treatment Methods. P. Garside and C. Dekeyser Thuet

15.00 – 15.30
Simple and low-cost imaging methodology to recover writings in fire-damaged medieval manuscripts. F. Pottier, A. Michelin, and L. Robinet

15.30 – 16.00  Break

Session 4 – New devices/ scientific studies in conservation (continued)

16.00 – 16.30
Evaluation of deacidification treatments on lignocellulosic paper. J. Malešic, M. Kadivec, and M. Kunaver

16.30 – 17.00
Air exchange and moisture sorption – two processes that influence microenvironment of the archival box? M. Novak, J. Grau-Bove, C. De Stefani, D. Hendrickx, and M. Strlic

17.00 – 17.30
Using SurveNIR for Paper Analysis. S. Zor

17.45 – 18.45
Business Meeting of the Graphic Documents Working Group (open for all)

In the evening, we suggest to meet at Alte Markthalle, a spacious central place in Basel with a large variety of food offers ( No reservation needed; at your own expense.

Thursday, January, 31st 2019

Session 5 – Student work

09.00 – 09.30
Reducing and Complexing Agents in Paper Conservation: EDTA, DPTA and Sodium Dithionite. S. Jacoby, J. Pernak, S. Eyb-Green

09.30 – 10.00
Study of the migration of metallogallic ink compounds within a structure and the degradation they cause. The case of the book Terrier du bailliage de Nyon (Fi275). V. Yerly, V. Rouchon, C. Effner, G. Coutaz, and A. Bellanger

10.00 – 10.30
Investigation and characterisation of inkjet paper:  collection of material-specific aspects as a basis for identification and conservation-restoration decisions. S. Kolly, S. Dobrusskin, and R. Hofmann

10.30 – 11.00
Art- and material-technological examination of light screens from the Swiss National Museum. L. Wyss, S. Dobrusskin, V. Mathieu

11.00 – 11.30  Break

Session 6 – Prelude – upcoming projects

11.30 – 12.00
The History of Paper Conservation in Austria: Implicit Knowledge and Professionalization. S. Eyb-Green, C. Bouvier, and W. Baatz

12.00 – 12.30     
Discolouration of modern papers due to optical brighteners. D. Ferlmann, A. Pataki-Hundt, P. Kochendörfer, H. Peters

12.30 – 13.30  Break

Session 7 – MFT

13.30 – 14.00
Protecting light sensitive items from fading in exhibitions with a light exposure policy and MFT at the Royal Danish Library. B. Vinther Hansen, H. K. Sørensen, and K. Bresler

14.00 – 14.30
A Round Robin Test for Microfading Testers. B. Sacher, T. Lojewski, J. Thomas, S. Signorello, M. Strlic

14.30 – 15.00   Break

Session 8 – MFT (continued)

15.00 – 15.30
How to get a MF tester in just 10 years. M. Dissing Forsom Sandahl, and G. Beck Carstensen

15.30 – 16.00
A year of microfade testing at The National Archives, UK – if we knew then what we know now… L. Angelova, E. Cloos, J. Moon

16.00   Close of the meeting

Guided tour at Fondation Beyeler (max. number of participants: 20). Please sign up for this offer upon registration at Schaulager

Friday, February, 1st 2019

Technical visits and workshops at different locations with individual starting times.