THE MUSEUM RESTORATION FUND
SUPPORTING CONSERVATION PROJECTS
Every year, TEFAF donates up to EUR 50,000 to one or two museum conservation projects, selected by an independent panel of international experts. The fund's aim is both to support the restoration of particular art works and to boost awareness of the field of conservation science overall. our goal is to encourage the sharing of knowledge between museumsand also with the general public.
For this reason, each selected work must be on public view for at least two years after its restoration and each project has a video presence at the fair throughout the entire duration of TEFAF Maastricht and on the TEFAF website.
Any museum is eligible to apply for the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund, so long as one of its representatives visited the previous edition of the fair. Museums can sumbit one project per year. The application for 2017 is closed. The application procedure for 2018 will start in June 2017.
The Executive Committe of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has awarded €50,000 to two distinct projects either side of the Atlantic. One is the restoration and reconstruction of the never before seen work by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) entitled Absolution (c.1900) in the Musée Rodin collection, France. The other is the conservation of Judith with the Head of Holofernes (c.1570) by Titian (1488-1576), which has been on near constant display since entering the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, USA, in 1938. The TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund was set up in 2012 to help museums and institutions worldwide restore and conserve works of art in their collections. It is one of a selection of initiatives run by the not-for-profit European Fine Art Foundation which demonstrates the Foundations ongoing dedication to supporting and protecting the arts. Museums and institutions that have attended TEFAF Maastricht are eligible to apply for the grants, which are awarded by an independent panel of experts.
Presentations about each project will be displayed at TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading fine art and antiques Fair, which takes place from the 10-19 March at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre), Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The fund was launched to mark TEFAF's 25th anniversary in 2012. The first awards went to the Denver Art Museum, for the restoration of its Canaletto painting, 'Venice': The Molo from the Bacino di San Marco'; and to the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), for the conservation of its 10 bronze memorial statuettes from the 15th century tomb of Isabella of Bourbon.
The 2013 awards were granted to Worcester Art Museum, for the restoration of the William Hogarth pendant portraits of William and Elizabeth James; and to the Ashmolean Museum, for the restoration of two candelabra combining elements of classical sculpture with carvings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
In 2014 the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (RMO, Leiden) was awarded for the restoration of Three coffin sets and one inner sarcophagus from the 21st dynasty (c. 1069-945 BC), discovered in 1891 at Bab el-Gasus, near the Valley of the Kings and modern-day Luxor; and the Wallace Collection (London) for the restoration of the Joshua Reynolds painting 'Miss Nelly O'Brien.
In 2015 the awards went to Museum Kunstpalast (Düsseldorf) and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Connecticut), both for the restoration of work fro mFrancisco de Zurbarán.
In 2016, the TEFAF Restoration Fund was awarded to two projects: the reconstruction of The Tower of Nanjing, from the de Robien collection at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, in Rennes, France; and the restoration of The Girl in the Muslim Dress - Symphony in White by James McNeil Whistler, at The Singer Memorial Foundation, in Laren, the Netherlands. The winners for 2017 will be announced in November 2016.