Restoration of the Selected Paintings and Furniture of the Archbishop´s Castle in Kroměříž

Dept 58 - International Relations Department
Dept 58 - International Relations Department

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RegionZlínský region
Title of the ProgrammeCultural Heritage and Contemporary Art - programme area no. 16
Title of the ProjectRestoration of the Selected Paintings and Furniture of the Archbishop´s Castle in Kroměříž
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Project Promoter

Archdiocese of Olomouc

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Name of Norwegian Partner(s)

Norsk Institutt for Kulturminneforskning

Name of Local Partner(s)

Olomouc Art Museum

National Heritage Institute

Objective of the Project

The subject of the project is the restoration and safeguarding of selected painting and furniture in the Archbishop’s Castle in Kroměříž. The castle furniture, which is recorded on the Central List of Czech Cultural Monuments, is the authentic furnishings of the castle acquired over the centuries. The castle itself was inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1998. The subject of the project is the restoration and safeguarding (using climate-stable frames) of selected paintings and furniture in the Archbishop’s Castle in Kroměříž which are already in critical condition or are facing acute threats. In the context of Czech monuments, the Archbishop’s Castle in Kroměříž is remarkable for its original furniture from the archbishop’s collections and the highly valuable collections of paintings. From the perspective of their long-term preservation in a satisfactory condition, the more than 500 quality paintings at the castle represent an extremely financially and technically demanding challenge. Likewise, the furniture installed in the historical rooms of the castle and dating to the period between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries is an example of master craftsmanship. The project involves several basic activities: the restoration of 36 paintings, the restoration of 28 pieces of historic furniture, and the purchase of equipment to protect the collections against negative environmental conditions (including climate stable frames for fourteen of the most valuable panel paintings). The project will also include joint activities by the applicant and its partners (Olomouc Art Museum, National Heritage Institute and Norsk Institutt for Kulturminneforskning) involving the exchange of experience in the field of restoration and the display of works of art, culminating in a joint conference with a printed publication.

Approved grant

approximately 564 585 EUR

Project DurationStart date: 1st January 2015, End date: 31st March 2016