Academic thesis

Julian/ Lilly Chech/ Becker: maitre leherb’s Material install ations Conservation of two modern sculptures belonging to the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere focussing on the cleaning of taxidermy bird specimen and the treatment of deformed papiermâché objects Back
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Abstract: The subject of the following diploma thesis is the conservation of two modern sculptures by the Austrian
post-war artist Helmut Leherb. The material installations, which date back to the second half of the 20th
century, are owned by the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. One object is an historic cast iron hat stand
with several dry wooden branches and taxidermy bird specimens. The main source of concern is the contamination
caused by bird droppings on different materials. The other object is a painted papier-mâché
mannequin with various adornments. Its state is threatened by severe ruptures and deformations relating
to the papier-mâché construction. Based on the results of numerous scientific investigations, a conservational
concept is developed. Necessary conservatory measures entailed cleaning the different surfaces
and gently reforming the papier-mâché body.


Keywords: material installation, neo-surrealism, hat stand, bird taxidermy objects, bird droppings, mannequin, papier-mâché, deformations, rupture, reformation of papier-mâché
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2018
  • Language:  German

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