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 the article! 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.

Developing a Preservation Strategy for two paintings by Edvard Munch

I was just referenced in the recent publication ‘Edvard Munch – Between the Clock and the Bed’ by the brilliant researcher Mille Stein. Prompted by this situation, I would like to point to my contribution to the book ‘Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges’.

My paper focuses on five paintings by Edvard Munch in the collection of the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. Two paintings suffered from complex structural problems, as local crack patterns, flaking, and paint loss have been a constant issue, even after repeated selective consolidation. As all treatments have thus been of limited success in the long term, I identified the causes of this recurrent problem in order to develop a strategy to ensure the paintings’ stability in the future.

The clarification of structures in the two deteriorated paintings not only helped to substantiate the presumptions about their physical and chemical deterioration, but also complemented the existing body of research into Munch’s oeuvre for an understanding of degradation processes in his paintings.

To purchase the book click here.

For a look inside the book click here.

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As part of the investigation, this Munch painting has been examined in detail, visually and by multispectral imaging techniques. The left photograph shows the same Munch painting in ultraviolet light and the right photograph in strong raking light.


 

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. 

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Conservation: One on One

This film offers insight into a conservator’s working process. See how I analysed 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, and how hidden stories are unveiled.

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Producer: Mathilde Schytz Marvit
Director/camera/editing/sound/light: Alexandra Kristjansen
Music: Frederik Strunk
Grafic: Louise Springborg
Content: Kamila Marta Korbela