Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation

  • Sølvgade 48-50, Statens Museum for Kunst

    1307 København K

    Denmark

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The purpose of CATS is to explore the material nature of works of art and comparable objects. The aim is to generate and document a deeper understanding of methods and materials of the past and present – and to reach into the future with the development of innovative interdisciplinary methods.

The research collaboration Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation, CATS  was made possible in 2011 by a considerable donation from the Villum Foundation and the Velux Foundation. 

The centre is a partnership between the three Copenhagen based institutions Statens Museum for Kunst, National Museum of Denmark and School of Conservation at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. 

CATS was established to

  • Advance interdisciplinary research into museum collections
    Furthering scholarly understanding and public appreciation of the collections and their long-term safekeeping through preventive and instrumental conservation-restoration. 
  • Generate a deeper understanding of methods and materials of the past
    Pairing long-established art historical research of the collections with technical research and state of the art methods and equipment. 
  • Provide analytical services to other institutions
    Offering  the expertise of CATS staff and performing scientific analysis to external research projects. 
  • Operate in collaborative projects
    Working with conservation scientists, conservators and curators in Denmark and abroad. 

Technical Art History
The cornerstone of CATS is technical art history; the interdisciplinary field of research between conservators, natural scientists and scholars from art historical and cultural studies. Technical art history investigates the making and meaning of art works, painting techniques and artists’ materials. 

A main objective of the research centre is to develop new and more exact methods to diagnose, treat and preserve our art historical heritage. The exploration of numerous artistic processes aims to shed light on the complex and fascinating cartography of ageing processes within works of art – to contribute to and advance the field of technical art history. 

Research in the organisation

About research at CATS - Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation

The purpose of CATS is to explore the material nature of works of art and comparable objects. The aim is to generate and document a deeper understanding of methods and materials of the past and present – and to reach into the future with the development of innovative interdisciplinary methods.

Research Output

  • 2 Journal article
  • 1 Article in proceedings
  • 1 Paper

Mindeord om Tim Padfield, 1937-2020

Shashoua, Y., Scharff, M. & Ryhl-Svendsen, M., 2020, In : BEVAR. 1/2020, p. 32-33

Publications: Contribution to journalJournal article

Open Access

Obituary: Tim Padfield (1937-2020)

Scharff, M., Shashoua, Y. & Ryhl-Svendsen, M., 2020, In : News In Conservation. 78, p. 32-33

Publications: Contribution to journalJournal article

Open Access

Glue-paste linings: An evaluation of some biological, chemical and mechanical aspects of a traditional technique

Fuster-López, L., Andersen, C. K., Bouillon, N., Frohrer, F., Rossi-Doria, M., Scharff, M., Seymour, K., Vicente-Escuder, Á., Vicente-Palomino, S. & Yusà-Marco, D. J., Aug 2017. 11 p.

Publications: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Projects

Activities

CollectionCare WP2 meeting, Eindhoven

Cecil Krarup Andersen (Participant), , Mikkel Scharff (Participant), & Namseok Kim (Participant)

2 Dec 20193 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Semi-annual, final IPERION_CH E_RIHS meeting

Mikkel Scharff (Participant)

23 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Conserving Canvas Scientific Research Meeting

Mikkel Scharff (Consultant), & Cecil Krarup Andersen (Consultant)

18 Oct 2019

Activity: Consultancy Consultancy

Press / Media

CollectionCare Video

Cecil Krarup Andersen, Mikkel Scharff, Daniel Sang-Hoon Lee & Namseok Kim

05/11/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Omtale i BT: Hvid pigment får Krøyers malerier til at skalle

Cecil Krarup Andersen

11/10/2016

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Malingen på et af Krøyers mest kendte malerier skaller af

Cecil Krarup Andersen

10/10/2016

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media