View from the Other Side
Visitors looking at the objects on display and delving into their stories rarely think about how much effort and knowledge has gone into preserving them. How and who preserved these items which, due to age and other circumstances, should have perished long ago?
This exhibition provides an answer to this question, revealing the background: the work of conservators-restorers performed in the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana as part of the Conservation Service, in particular in the Ščit Conservation Centre.
The Museum’s collection contains over 250,000 objects. They are typically acquired through archaeological excavation, donations, gifts and purchases. We keep artworks and useful objects from the near and distant past: everything from prehistoric finds to objects that were still in use yesterday. Made of a variety of materials, the objects vary in age and the extent to which they are preserved.
Museum conservators-restorers are in charge of preventive protection, conservation-restoration, safe keeping and exhibiting. We aim to preserve the objects in the best possible condition. When their preventive conservation is sufficient, the objects are kept in suitable packaging and appropriate climatic conditions, safe from harmful factors. Endangered and more fragile objects are subject to more complex interventions. Regardless of how much work they require, we choose the most appropriate salvage methods to ensure their safety.
When dealing with some objects in our collections, we sometimes do not have enough expertise, equipment, space or time. In these cases, we team up with external experts specialised in individual materials and procedures. When preserving and studying Ljubljana’s cultural heritage, we partner with the Restoration Centre of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, students of relevant disciplines, other museums in Slovenia and abroad and with numerous freelance restorers, researchers and scientists. We associate with people who share our goal of preserving the physical existence of objects. While we are aware that deterioration is a natural process, we try to prevent it from happening as much as possible with museum items.
View from the Other Side
Experts United to Preserve Our Common Cultural Heritage
26 October 2023–18 February 2024
City Museum of Ljubljana, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Represented by: Blaž Peršin, DirectorCreator of the Exhibition: Katarina Toman Kracina
Expert Support: Liza Lampič, Helena Pucelj Krajnc, Zala Rebernak, Urh Tacar
Curator: Bernarda Županek
Graphic design: Bojan Lazarević, Agora Proars, mag. Katarina Toman Kracina
Production of the exhibition: Ana Modic
Language editing (SL): Katja Paladin
English translation: Marjana Karer, Polonca Mesec
Language editing (EN): Murray Bales
Exhibition layout: O.K.vir d.o.o., Technical services of MGML: Mitja Marc, Danilo Ončevski, Zvone Sečnik, Urh Tacar
Promotion: Urša Karer, Nejc Kovačič, Ana Kure
Photographs by: Documentation Services of the MGML, Karmen Brecelj, Blaž Gutman, Liza Lampič, Helena Pucelj Krajnc, Urh Tacar, Zala Rebernak, Matej Satler, Katarina Toman Kracina
APP design: Specto informacijske tehnologije d. o. o.
Special thanks for help and support with preparing the exhibition are due to:
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Department for the Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art UL, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Microbiology, Marmorinke Society, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology, Jože Lorber, Kambič laboratorijska oprema d.o.o., National Museum of Slovenia, Paola Korošec, Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum, Restavratorstvo Zupan , Saša Snoj, Slovenian Ethnographic Museum, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Restoration Centre of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage