Restoration workshop is one of the oldest departments of the Art Gallery of B&H. After the recent war, the Gallery’s staff has not only succeeded to re-vitalize this, currently indispensable, department but we have even purchased the state-of-the-art equipment for it. Thanks to the donations provided by the Government of Japan and the “European Bridge” Project, the paintings treatment performed in the restoration workshop of the Art Gallery of B&H meets the European and world specifications and standards, supervised by the local UNESCO and ICCROM staff. In the past several years, revival of the original paintings have been conceptualized and supervised by distinguished experts from the renowned Slovenian, French, Japanese and Austrian institutions. Students of Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts, who study restoration and conservation as their optional subject, have compiled the documentation and analyzed all the treatments and techniques performed to date, and, consequently, they have gained a necessary expertise that they will be able to apply for future restoration and conservation projects. Most future restorations will be of movable monumental heritage in B&H, with the focus on the so-called “easel painting”.
In the past few years, almost one hundred artefacts from the Gallery’s holdings, as well as other art collections have been revived in Gallery’s restoration studio.