GENEZA I DZIAŁALNOŚĆ MIĘDZYUCZELNIANEGO INSTYTUTU KONSERWACJI I RESTAURACJI DZIEŁ SZTUKI
THE ORIGIN AND ACTIVITY OF THE INTERACADEMIC INSTITUTE OF THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF WORKS OF ART
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Arash liquidation of the research basis for the Ateliers for the Conservation of Historical Monuments during the 1990s as well as the ensuing dispersal of the laboratory and scientific staff became the reason why the only centres which continue the tradition of the Polish conservation school are institutions of higher learning. Unfortunately, the latter still deal with assorted financial, technical and organisational problems. None of the schools of higher learning which train conservators is capable of tackling these problems independently. The establishment in December 1999 of the Interacademic Institute of the Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academies of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Cracow, which integrates the work conducted by representatives of academic centres and research units, made it possible to change the prevailing situation. The past four years devoted to the realisation of the statutory tasks of the Institute yielded broad interdisciplinary co-operation with numerous scientific-research units. This co-operation confirms the need for integration for the sake of educational ventures and the development of the contemporary science and art of conservation. The Institute, which also works abroad, undertakes tasks of particular importance for culture, involving extremely complex research and conservation problems, and calling for the employment of the best qualified personnel. Furthermore, it proposes new standards of conservation and guarantees high quality. The strategy of its activity is defined together with the Institute’s Scientific Board, composed of outstanding scientists and practitioners, representatives of academies both training conservators and collaborating with the Institute.
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