Conservation-restoration of the wall painting "Mladina se vključuje v proizvodnjo" (Youth are Getting Involved in the Production) by Maksim Sedej and Dana Pajnič

berden skander posterAuthors: Čila Berden, academic restorer, and Barbara Škander,  academic restorer
Mentor: Blaž Šeme, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: First-Cycle Master's Programme Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Wall paintings and stone (1st year of study)


During November and December 2016 first and second year MA students attending the course pathway Conservation and Restoration of Wall Paintings and Stone at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana undertook the conservation-restoration of a socialist realist wall painting titled Youth are Getting Involved in the Production. The wall painting was made using the secco technique in 1949 by the painters Maksim Sedej and Dana Pajnič and is located in the Secondary School for Hairstyling in Ljubljana.

We began by examining, assessing and documenting the condition of the wall painting, followed by cleaning tests for determining the stability of the paint surface. We then decided on the necessary conservation-restoration treatment. Procedures carried out were the removal of surface impurities and of the silicon strip that remained from the mounted display protection, the repair of gaps with lime putty and the retouching of areas of paint loss. While working on the wall painting we discovered areas that were heavily overpainted during previous restorations, as well as unsuitable surface repairs, which we decided to remove.

The poster presents the techniques and materials that were used for the conservation-restoration of the wall painting.

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Short biographies

ČILA BERDEN was born in Ljubljana in 1989. She lived and studied abroad for several years before enrolling at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2013. She graduated with the diploma titled "Protection of an Outdoor Bronze Sculpture". Currently she is attending the 1. year of the MA study programme at the Department of Restoration.

BARBARA ŠKANDER was born in 1986 in Ljubljana, now living in Grosuplje. Her art education begins with enrollment in the Faculty of Education in Maribor, Art Pedagogy course. She decided to continue her studies at the Restoration Department of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana, Conservation and Restoration of Art Works course. She actively carried out school work practice at the conservation-restoration workshop/atelier of the National Museum in Ljubljana, where she also worked for her diploma on the theme: The replacement of the missing handles of a porcelain vase from National Museum of Slovenia. Now she is attending 1. year MA on Academy of Art and Design in Ljubljana.