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Ljubljana, the National Gallery

Over 100 restorers and conservators from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia worked on the building and in studios for several years.

About the project

Work began with the creation of a Conservation Plan for 2010, as part of which extensive conservation and restoration surveys of the building were carried out. The conservation and restoration work was initiated by the IPCHS in autumn 2012 with the disassembly and protection of the building’s elements. All items that were able to be removed (chandeliers, wall lights, door panels, fences, etc.) were stored in a storage facility, and the remainder were protected (terrazzo tiles, door frames, stone stairs, etc.).

In the period 2013–2015, conservation and restoration work both on the façade and the interior of the National Gallery was carried out as part of the complete renovation. This meant the renovation of all stuccowork, stone and metal elements, as well as plaster and decoratively painted surfaces and the terazzo. The building fixtures and fittings as well as remaining wooden elements were also renovated. Over 100 restorers and conservationists worked on the building and in studios for several years.

Ceremonial hall

Special attention was given to the ceremonial hall, which shined in all its glory after the renovation. The same goes for the smaller hall.

Conservation and restoration work to the paintings and plastics

The renovated decorative ceiling and wall paintings that are visible again offer a glimpse into life at the end of the 19th century. 

Alongside the renovation of the National Gallery, the Restoration Centre of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia carried out conservation and restoration work to a large number of canvas paintings and wooden polychrome plastics, which are now an integral part of the gallery’s new permanent collection. In 2014 and 2015, the Department of Easel Painting at the IPCHS Restoration Centre restored 32 paintings with decorative frames. Among them the work of important Slovenian painters such as: Anton Ažbe, Jožef Petkovšek, Šubic brothers, Ferdo Vesel, Ivan Grohar, Rihard Jakopič, Matija Jama, etc. The conservation and restoration work done to Gulio Quaglio’s Pietà should be mentioned in particular, and the painting, in all its grandeur, will be a great addition to the gallery’s collection of paintings. In continuation, painting on canvas by G. Quaglio, Pietà, before and after the restoration work.

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