The KEK Project: Storage, Usage, Exhibition: An Efficient System of Storing Large-Format Artworks on Paper

A enclosure system has been developed to store stacks of large-format works on paper in flat file cabinets. Some 1400 objects from the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) collection were analysed regarding their sheet size and proportions and examined for typical damage patterns caused by their previous storage and handling.

The new enclosure system, which was developed in collaboration with the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, reduces physical damage, facilitates the handling of the artworks and allows their uncomplicated transfer into a framed presentation in exhibitions.

Contact: Dr. Dipl. Rest. Fabienne Meyer
Funding: Koordinierungsstelle für die Erhaltung schriftlichen Kulturguts (KEK, Coordination Office for the Preservation of the Written Cultural Heritage)
Project partner: Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
Duration: June 2013 – December 2013
Nora Velensek, Fabienne Meyer, Eva Hummert, Irene Brückle: “Stacked Storage System for Large Works on Paper”. Restaurator. International Journal for the Preservation of Library and Archival Material, vol. 35, issue 3–4, pp. 287–314, September 2014