Reconstruction and conservation of the Neues Museum Berlin, conservation-restoration of the ceiling and architrave wallpapers from the Mythological RoomThe original ceiling and architrave wallpapers in the Neues Museum’s Mythological Room arose in 1852 from a design by Richard Lepsius. The images originally depicted the exhibits from ancient Egyptian burial chambers that were displayed in the room, and, alongside other interior decorations, were intended to convey an ornamental sense of one of these tombs.
Owing to vital structural work on the ceiling beams, the wallpaper, already beginning to come off, was taken down and stored. It was in dire need of preservation; both paper and paint layer had been struck by damp and mould. The conspicuous evenly distributed gaps in the wallpaper today are due to the installation of a suspended ceiling in 1936.
Cleaning the removed wallpaper pieces, treating them with biocides, and finding a means of ensuring the under and outer paint layers were stabilised and affixed to the paper, all took place in the workshop of RAO using low pressure tables. For re-hanging the wallpaper pieces, the backings were coated with a reinforced protective laminate and glued directly to the ceiling plaster with a special paste. Gaps in the wallpaper were filled with monochrome (light blue) paper inlays and colour-matched to their respective surroundings by brush retouching.
2007 – 2009