Conservation of the Ahlsdorf Pictorial Wall Hangings

Conservation of the Ahlsdorf Pictorial Wall Hangings

Conservation of the Ahlsdorf Pictorial Wall Hangings for the First Brandenburg State Exhibition

In 2014, a cultural event took place in the district of Elbe-Elster that attracted a great deal of attention – the First Brandenburg State Exhibition. The exhibition was held at Schloss Doberlug in the city of Doberlug-Kirchhain. Three of the canvas paintings mounted on the west wall of the drawing room at Schloss Ahlsdorf were chosen for presentation at the State Exhibition. Schloss Ahlsdorf is situated in the Elbe-Elster district in the state of Brandenburg.

The paintings needed to be shown at the exhibition in restored condition. The aim was to bring the artistic intent of the wall decorations as picture gallery back to life in their traditional environment. The paintings are part of a collection of rococo room decorations from 1775 that still exist almost in their entirety.

The removal required for the conservation-restoration work of the stretched paintings and their transportation to RAO’s Berlin restoration workshop happened in January 2014. The mounting of the restored paintings at the exhibition site took place in May 2014.

The restoration included work on the canvas and paint coats, as well as the aesthetic integration of imperfections and previous restoration work that was visually compromised. Special technology was used to remove the paintings, allowing for the least possible movement of the textile carrier during the process of removal and transportation. There was no need to roll up the paintings. The canvas and coats of paint were consolidated and gaps were sealed. Heavy deformations in the canvas were reduced. By retouching imperfections in the paint coats and producing a uniform gloss, a harmonious overall impression emerged.

Following their successful presentation at the State Exhibition, the paintings were taken back to their original location at Schloss Ahlsdorf in November 2014 and reinstalled.

Client

Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte (HBPG)

Project Management for restoration in behalf of HBPG

York Rieffel, Berlin

Technical supervision

Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologischem Landesmuseum (BLDAM)

Werner Ziems, Mechthild Noll-Minor, Claudia Adler

Team Restaurierung am Oberbaum GmbH (RAO)

Jörg Breitenfeldt (Project Management), Annette Sturm (Senior Conservator), Ute Seiler Liepe, Doren Moranz