Academic thesis

Katharina Derksen: Mould infestation in collections – treatment and prevention at the example of the painting collection of the museumkrems in Lower Austria. Efficiency of Dry Cleaning Methods and Influences of Climate Change Back
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Abstract: Museum collections are increasingly reporting the occurrence of mould infestations, but data
on this matter is scarce. A survey among museum stakeholders in Austria provides an insight
into the current situation regarding climate monitoring, mould infestation, its causes and how
it is dealt with, as well as possible influences of climate change. Furthermore, based on the
example of an infestation in the painting collection of the museumkrems, possibilities for treatment and prevention are discussed. Especially for paintings and other polychrome objects,
chemical and physical disinfection measures are often not an option. Therefore, the focus lies
on the efficacy of dry surface cleaning alone. Three methods are tested on originals as well as
painting mock-ups, especially with regard to cleaning performance and prevention of further
infestation: vacuuming, with and without an additional cleaning step using PU or latex sponges.
The cleaning results are evaluated visually, using ATP/AMP measurements and cultivation


Keywords: mould infestation, collections, paintings, dry cleaning, prevention
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2021
  • Language:  German

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