LA Art Labs expands into the heart of WeHo with an additional 4000 sqft of indoor space!

With this expansion, we have made it a priority to create a beautiful workspace that not only fosters professional growth, but also personal fulfillment. The extra square footage also allowed us to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

The new space will also allow us to establish a residency in 2024 that provides art conservators and artists with the opportunity to work, create, and collaborate in a supportive environment in Los Angeles.

What we have been up to:

Here, Jenna is using a precision tool by RH Conservation Engineering for the Winfried-Heiber thread by thread tear-mending process. In a meticulous approach, she recovers the canvas‘ former weave pattern, thread count and threat distance while using a binocular microscope and a variety of dental tools and weights. This technique aims to reestablish the continuity of the weave and was developed in opposition to the more invasive lining or patching techniques, following the principle of minimal intervention.

Another newer acquisition are the low-energy precision heat transfer Precision Mat by our friends Tomas Maar and Nina Olsson. In this picture, Elizabeth is applying a mid-sized IMAT to an area with planar distortions in the paint matrix to correct these. 
“The IMAT project aims to integrate the cutting edge research in nanotechnology with that of cultural heritage conservation for the development of new advanced conservation techniques and materials.”

In the context of new treatment methodologies and materials, we oftentimes execute extensive tests to ensure the highest level of certainty and confidence in our treatment designs; testing has always played a crucial role in the conservation field, highlighting its importance in ensuring quality, safety, and performance.In this image, Laura systematically tests a variety of pigments and binders at different ratios for inpainting purposes.

Documentation is a critical aspect of conservation practices, as it helps to preserve and manage the art that is in our care. Here, Katie and Laura are working from one of the new communal work spaces. Here are some of our key responsibilities:

– Record Keeping
– Conservation Planning
– Preventive Conservation
– Research and Analysis
– Legal and Ethical Compliance
– Knowledge Sharing and Education

A note of gratitude

As we step into the new year, I want to express our deepest gratitude; reflecting on a year of growth and incredible projects, it wouldn’t be possible without the unwavering support of our cherished clients and collaborators. 

Here’s to another year of shared successes and meaningful partnerships. Grateful for each step of this continuous journey together.

❤ Kamila and the LAAL Team

5th Annual WACO Wearable Art Gala 

It was a pleasure and honor to be part of this beautiful event celebrating Black Excellence including honorees Mark Bratford and Angela Bassett. Tina Knowles-Lawson and Richard Lawson’s WACO Theater Center, which Saturday’s benefit supported, is designed to help children “expand their vision and dream for themselves,” Lawson says. The benefit is designed to support the company’s artistic and youth mentorship programs through a fine art auction, including donated works by my friend Reginald Armstrong, April Bey, Derrick Adams and Ferrari Sheppard. 

#waco #wacogala #anighttoremember

Louis Vuitton exhibition on Rodeo in Beverly Hills

It has been a tremendous pleasure for my team at @laartlabs and me to care for the 200 artworks in LV’s bicentennial birthday show on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills – from the install to the exhibition maintenance to the deinstall.

Louis Vuitton’s traveling exhibition showcases the imaginative trunks created by 200 visionaries in Beverly Hills.

“200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries” is now open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through December 31, 2022 at 660 Madison Avenue, with shorter hours on holidays.

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#lv200 #louis #louisvuittonart #rodeodrive #beverlyhills #fashionmeetsart

Three Years

Three years ago, I travelled to NYC to work at the Metropolitan Museum for the installation of LACMA’s “Painted in Mexico” show. I met with valued friends and colleagues, and manifested the thought of starting LA Art Labs.
Ever since I have been working tirelessly, challenging myself to get to know the art scene more deeply, pushing myself professionally, and continuously reimagining what private conservation looks like. Today I am tremendously grateful for the amazing private, royal and institutional clients that entrust me with their collections as well as the incredible conservation professionals (in training and post grad) that supported me in my endeavors throughout the last years. I am so touched and deeply humbled for all the support that I received and the wonderful opportunities that I continue to be entrusted with. My heart couldn’t be more full. 💛
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, sound and healthy.

With eternal gratitude from the lab.

X Kamila


Wishing you all a safe and joyful new year! 

2020 has been surreal in so many imaginable ways. Despite the unprecedented challenges we all faced, I am grateful to say that LA Art Labs has been growing and is busier than ever, caring for fine art throughout the country and internationally. 
I can’t thank you enough for your support – your trust, kind words and actions have lifted us up during a year that sometimes felt overwhelming. We are starting the year with incredible public and private projects, a new publication about the treatment of fluorescent paintings and a guest lecture at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Furthermore, we will do more pro bono conservation work and consultations, and continue to donate 5% of our proceeds to charitable causes to support communities affected by the pandemic. 


Online Conserving Canvas presentations

A series of online Conserving Canvas presentations took place during the fall/winter of 2020 and the spring of 2021. I acted in the capacity of a specialist advisor and lecturer for the Chilean chapter of the Getty initiative:

December 3 – Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende
Located in Santiago, Chile, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA) holds one of the most important modern and contemporary art collections in Latin America. A Getty grant is supporting training and treatment related to Frank Stella’s Isfahan III(1968) —a large, irregularly shaped painting (from the artist’s “Protractor Series”) donated by Stella to the museum in 1972. During Chile’s military coup d’état in 1973, the painting was hidden, its complex stretcher disassembled and the canvas folded several times over. It was eventually returned to a replacement stretcher, which has now warped and is unable to provide the proper tension needed for such an intricately shaped canvas. 

The presentation can be accessed here:

Getty’s Conserving Canvas Initiative

Generously funded by the Getty, I was hired as a Specialist Advisor and Lecturer as part of the Chilean chapter of the Conserving Canvas Initiative

Together with my highly respected colleagues Antonio Iaccarino Idelson (Rome, Italy) and Christine Fröhner from (NYC, USA) we gave workshops, lessons, and presentations to approximately 30 conservation professionals from South America in September 2019. 

Christine and I co-lead the specialist meeting and workshop on cleaning and loss compensation techniques for contemporary artworks. We also advised the conservators at the museum on how to treat the surface of the painting ‘Isfahan III’ by Frank Stella.

Click here to learn more about this incredible project.

Click here to access one of my lectures about daylight fluorescent pigments and Stella’s paintings from the 1960s at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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This video shows snapshots from our workshops on treatment methodologies and possibilities regarding the pictorial layer of contemporary artworks with reference to Frank Stella’s works from the 60s.

Expert panel on reopening the international fine art transport

My colleagues Julia Betancor, Tomas Maar, Rosa Lowinger and I will be speaking as panelists on the pertinent topic of reopening the international fine art transport from 9 o’clock PST today. Join me and an international panel of experts in the discussion as the COVID-19 pandemic had a sudden and substantial impact on the industry.

Available as a resource on YouTube here.

Screenshot of the expert panel discussion.

One recent shift in the fine art transportation realm is the possibility of a virtual courier solution. From my point of view, the virtual courier is a great opportunity for the art community, but we also need to ensure avoiding a slippery slope and custodial neglect through a collaborative effort across disciplines.

I think that chain of custody roles and requirements need firm definitions to establish and uphold professional standards. Works of high value and cultural significance as well as works that are more vulnerable with more severe conditions require the assessment of a qualified conservator to avoid custodial neglect. 

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VoCA Artist Interviews

I was selected to participate in the VoCA Artist Interview workshop at LACMA last week.

The “workshop was developed in response to a cross-disciplinary appeal from arts professionals seeking to engage in thoughtful, guided conversations with artists and to share the outcomes of these projects with their peers”.

I am excited to be part of the VoCA network and to engage in meaning-full encounters with LA-based artists!

Snapshot of the VoCA workshop at LACMA last week.

During the workshop, I was fortunate and had the absolute pleasure to speak with the SoCal artist Ruth Pastine about her important paintings and the evolution of her artistic technique.

Ruth Pastine, Depths

Two week laters I had the opportunity to meet with Ruth at her show to talk about her work in person; a fantastic pop-up curated by Emily Friedman Fine Art at Ochi Projects, February 5 – 16, 2020.

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Los Angeles Times article about my research and LA Art Labs: Saving art with Science

My research and LA Art Labs made it onto the front page of the LA Times – click here to read it! An excerpt from the fantastic article by the talented Sonja Sholklapper:

When she began chasing Saturn Yellow, Korbela still worked full time at LACMA, splitting her days between Stella’s pieces and works by Yayoi Kusama, Joan Mitchell, John Singer Sargent, Rufino Tamayo and Pablo Picasso.

Now, she runs her own conservation company, LA Art Labs, and must wait for grants and squeeze tests in on the side — a process that will probably take months.

Even after all of that, the hunt for vintage Saturn Yellow might not be over.

“We will have to do more analysis to find those perfect matches,” Korbela said. “It’s a field that’s very much still in its baby shoes.”

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Kamila Korbela, paintings conservator and researcher, in front of Bampur by Stella at LACMA
Paintings Conservator Kamila Korbela saves art with science.

Advanced Conserving Canvas Workshop at SRAL in Maastricht

I had the absolute pleasure to participate in the Getty’s Advanced Conserving Canvas Workshop in the Netherlands yesterday.

Conserving Canvas is an international grant initiative begun in 2018 that aims to ensure that critical conservation skills needed to care for paintings on canvas do not disappear.

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Conserving Canvas Symposium at Yale University

I just registered for the Conserving Canvas Symposium at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University. This will be the first major international gathering on the subject since 1974.

According to the organizers, the symposium will address historical approaches to the structural treatment of canvas paintings; current methods, materials, and research; and the challenges facing the structural conservation of modern and contemporary works.

With today’s field embracing minimal-intervention techniques and maintaining differing opinions on the efficacy of more invasive approaches, the symposium will provide a long overdue forum to reevaluate historical and current practices as well as inform future directions for the conservation of canvas painting.

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Frank Stella at LACMA

I had the absolut pleasure to treat one of the paintings in LACMA‘s upcoming Frank Stella show. LACMA is currently helping me to obtain a grant to continue the research I started on Stella’s early daylight fluorescent paintings. Stella used paints and pigments from the DayGlo Color Corp, which are now incredibly difficult to treat as no precedent is set on their treatment. My research, however, aims to provide the conservation community step-by-step instructions for treatment as well as guidelines for proper storage and exhibition.

Follow this link to learn more about LACMA‘s upcoming Stella show:

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FAIC Award

I am humbled and honored to be this year’s FAIC Individual Professional Development Scholarship Award recipient.

My narrative report about the award will be published on the website of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) shortly.

AIC and it’s foundation are generously supporting conservation education, research, and outreach activities within the conservation community. With my recent shift to private practice I am particularly grateful to AIC’s support.

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Award offer letter from the American Institute for Conservation.

Revealing the Secrets of a Master Flower Painter

I examined and restored a panel painting by the German-Dutch flower and still-life painter Abraham Mignon (1640-1679) at the Conservation Department of the National Gallery of Denmark during preparations for the exhibition Flowers and World Views.

The artistic quality of Mignon’s meticulously detailed works had disappeared under thick layers of yellowed varnish and discoloured overpaint. This project was an opportunity to remove the old restorations in order to reveal the virtuosity of Mignon’s works.

Read my entire story here by clicking on this link. 

X Kamila