Preservation and Restoration
Office of the Provincial Government of Lower Austria, Department of Art and Culture
A-3100 St. Pölten, Kulturdepot, Schanze 5
Ines Aßmann (special department Frame Restoration)
Christian Lindtner (special department Art Handling)
Martin Sellner (special department Art Handling)
Huberta Trois (special department Frame Restoration)
The State Collections of Lower Austria are tasked with maintaining a large spectrum of collection objects and preserving them for future generations. Object preservation is considered highly important in all collection departments. An academic painting restorer has been on staff for the art collection since the 1960s. Other collection departments have primarily hired external restorers and taxidermists.
Not only the collection departments have grown considerably since then—the State Collections’ public presence was also reinforced with the establishment of new exhibition spaces and an increase of loaning activities. The requirements these innovations entailed enabled a gradual increase of human resources in the department in order to meet the diverse preservation and conservation needs in terms of the objects and their materials.
The “Preservation and Restoration” department is divided according to material groups: At present, there are special departments for paper, graphic works, photography, time-based media art, objects, paintings, and historical ornamental frames as well as preventive conservation.
The Preservation and Restoration department of the State Collections of Lower Austria creates and improves suitable conditions for the conservation and care of its vast holdings. This requires trained staff as well as suitable storage facilities. At present, the holdings are stored in about ten state-of-the-art storage locations with a total area of 14,000 square meters.