VISART - Contemporary Art Conservation


The National Art University from Bucharest – UNAB

The National Art University from Bucharest – UNAB was founded on October 5th 1864 by decree signed by Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza and following efforts made by painters Theodor Aman and Gheorghe Tattarescu. By means of its proposed programs, the National University of Arts offers the possibility of assimilating the specific language of visual arts through a constant study of natural and cultural models. Today it is one of the academies of art in Romania that are especially attractive for a degree in art due to their unmistakable profile. The students are provided with studies and workshops. There are possibilities for exhibitions at the university main location and few others places. The university is provided with presentation space which may be used by students from all degree courses and co-operation partners. The modern organization of the university started in 1990 offered the chance for innovative and organic development of an university with a long and successful history and distinct traditions. The different courses available for the study of painting and graphics as well as sculpture are very diverse. The rules for study allow for changes within and between the specialized courses and for using the courses in the best possible way for one‘s own artistic ambitions and projects.


Company, founded 2003, has two main areas of activity; the conservation restoration of art works and graphic design. The related activities of the company include, among others, research and development, particularly in conservation-restoration of wall paintings, editorial activities, book design, magazines design (architecture, medicine) and the design of manifold materials for the dissemination of professional information (such as exhibition design and websites), monitoring the whole process of conservation - restoration, including how restoration affects the microclimate fluctuations. Graphic design activity include : three magazines "Arhitext design" (architecture), "The Lancet Oncology" and "The Lancet Infectious Diseases" (Romanian editions), numerous books for: the Romanian Cultural Institute Publishing House, Trei Publishing House, and Humanitas Educational Publishing House, stands and exhibitions for the "Arhitext design" Foundation and the "The Space of Romanian Modernity" for the Order of Architects in Romania. The research results were presented at various national and international conferences. From the national conservation-restoration sites whose design, general coordination and execution has been made by Faber Studio, we mention the "Assumption" Church Monastery of Humor (UNESCO heritage, XVI century) and Tismana Monastery Church (XVI century). We consider that both these projects are, at least by their complexity, a very eloquent proof of the company's professional capabilities.


ANAID ART Gallery was established in 2004, and it is a portfolio private gallery designated for the contemporary art. The gallery has two levels and a circular parcours, and a surface of 120 sqm designated to the temporary contemporary art exhibitions. Anaid Art Gallery has developed a series of partnerships and collaborations with museums, cultural centers and art universities from Romania and abroad. In the same time the gallery is participating since 2005 on the international art market in the framework of international art fairs. Anaid Art Gallery participated in numerous international art fairs such as: MiArt2005X - International fair of modern and contemporary art, Italy, Cologne, Germany, Berliner Liste, Germany. Also, it had numerous collaborations with museums from Romania and abroad, such as: MODEM, Hungary, LWL- Industriemuseum, Germany, MOYA, Vienna etc. In 2007 the gallery had initiated a program that takes the title "anaid art + architecture project" following the collaboration between a contemporary art gallery and an architecture studio. The curatorial practice at an international level includes within the frame of the curatorial project the collaboration between the curator and the architect of the exhibition after whose plans the architectural arrangements are done, and the latter being based upon the concept of the entire exhibition The objectives of the gallery are elaborated in the following terms: to support the Romanian contemporary art, to underline the educational role of art in promoting moral ethic and esthetic values though stimulating creativity, offering access to information and participating in cultural events, to coordinate the research and the promotion of contemporary Romanian art and to develop a frame for artistic information communications through media; to facilitate access to the national and international networks of communication.

The National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics – INOE 2000

ISO9001 certified R&D institution, and is developing various advanced scientifical and technical photonics applications in different fields. Centre for Restoration by Optoelectronical Techniques, as department of INOE, new ICOMOS-Romania member, carries out researches on advanced techniques for artwork restoration & conservation. Research activities are generated by the new demands from restorers and conservators practice. A significant experience was accumulated in multidisciplinary research projects, and a very special part of the experience and of the gained reputation raised up from variouse on site collaborations. Important results were accumulated in laser cleaning, environment control and microclimate monitoring, non-contact, non and micro-invasive investigation methods, remote fast responce techniques for cultural heritage investigation, diagnosys, intervention. Based on more than 10 years of successfull national and international research, the department activity is now focused on: integration of non-contact, non(micro)-invasive investigation methods, particularly, with fast responce for polyvalent applications, conservation status evaluation, prediction of monument/artwork conservation dynamics; simulations; long-term on-line monitoring of microclimate, air–quality and stress factors on monuments via wireless network of specialized sensors; development of open-laboratory for on-line access to infrastructure (for different purposes: training, education, common experiments, expert counceling) etc.

Previous or current participation in relevant EU projects: COST IS 1005 „Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources‖(2011-2015); COST TD 0902 ―Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf― (2009-2013); COST D42 „Chemical Interactions between Cultural Artefacts and Indoor Environment (EnviArt)― (2008-2010); COST G7 „Artwork Conservation by Lasers‖(2009-2013);CLT 2006/A1/RO80 –– 2006-2007- The STONE HOUSE - CULTURA 2000; CLT 2005/A1/RO-488 - CULTURA 2000; 2005-2006- Saving sacred relics of european medieval cultural heritage; CLT 2003/A1/RO-515 – CULTURA 2000) - 2003-2004- Advanced On – Site Restoration Laboratory for European Antique Heritage Restoration.

Strong advantages asured by INOE in the consortium are:

  • Versatile correlated scientific infrastructure development concept – that asure multiple collaborations, and various materials invesigation;
  • Application (enduser) oriented researches; the complex digital model of physical and chemical characterization was several time elaborated and confirmed as distinctiv output of CERTO correlated scientific data.