Technology & Practice:

Studying 18th-Century Paintings

& Art on Paper

Copenhagen, 2-3 June 2014

A two-day Technical Art History conference is to be held at Frederiksberg Palace on 2-3 June 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Interdisciplinary collaboration between art historians, conservators, and scientists often generate compelling new information based on technical findings, documentary evidence and analytical results. Whether based on art historical issues or studies of our material culture the program should be of interest to academic scholars and students as well as museum professionals, curators, conservators, art historians and scientists.

The conference will be focusing on artists’ techniques and materials, source research, conservation science, the history of science and technology, history of trade, and pharmacy during the 18th century and explore tradition and changes in artistic practices seen in the light of the establishment of a series of national Art Academies in Europe throughout the century.


Registration is open


Papers at the CATS conference 2014

- Detailed program will follow soon.

Call for posters

The deadline for poster submission is 25 May 2014

Contributions to the symposium are considered in the format of posters, and should be original material that has not been published previously. There will be oral poster presentations during the conference and the conference language will be English.


For poster presentations please submit title and abstract of up to max 500 words in the abstract template below. Please send your contribution to the following contact address: cats.conference@smk.dk

Template for abstracts: Abstract_Poster_Template_Conference_2-3,2014
Guidelines for posters: Poster Guidelines
Template for posters: Poster Template PP

The oral conference presentations will in early spring 2015 be published as an online publication by CATS in collaboration with Archetype Publications Ltd. and be also available as print on demand. The posters will be posted on the CATS webside as PDFs.

Conference Dinner (separate registration)

The conference dinner on Monday evening June 2nd at 7 PM will be held at the restaurant Krøgers Have, one of the old Family Gardens on Frederiksberg just below Frederiksberg Palace. The food is traditional Danish cuisine and the atmosphere is cozy and relaxed with open air dining like at the Biergartens.                                                                                                        Address: Pile Allé 18, 2000 Frederiksberg


There will be an optional post-conference tour to the conservation and scientific departments of the three CATS partner institutions, respectively to the National Museum of Denmark, Statens Museum for Kunst and the School of Conservation (one choice only).
These guided tours will all be on Wednesday June 4th at 10 AM at the respective institutions and the tours will be of two hours duration and for free. If you would like to participate in one of the post-conference tours please send an email to cats.conference@smk.dk and write your name and institution together with the name of the institution you would like to visit.
Please note that there are a limited number of places for each post-conference tour.

Pre-registration on Sunday June 1st

On the day before the conference, Sunday June 1st, it will be possible to collect your nametag and conference bag at the Information Counter at Statens Museum for Kunst between 12:00-3:00 PM. Courtesy of SMK early registrations will be offered a free ticket for the highly appraised exhibition: Asger Jorn – Restless Rebel.

Where to stay

Several hotels are situated in the vicinity of the conference venue. These are also within easy reach of the train stations and metro. Participants are requested to contact the hotels directly about rates and reservations. A few hotels are listed here: Hotel Josty, Hotel Rossini and Hotel Sct. Thomas
Participants are free to make their own accommodation booking at any other location. The following websites can be useful in this respect: Momondo, Bed & Breakfast in Denmark and Hotels.com

Transport in Copenhagen

The Danish train, bus and metro system (DSB) consist of different zones, where you buy a ticket depending on how many zones you are travelling in/through. You can buy single tickets that are valid for a certain period of time and for a specific number of zones, depending on how far you are going. You buy the tickets in one of the automats at the station, where you can pay with VISA card or Danish coins.
Transport from Copenhagen Airport to Frederiksberg St. (approx. 20 min.)
  • - Buy a single ticket for 3 zones (36 DKK, one-way) in one of the automats at the Copenhagen Airport
  • - Take the Metro towards Vanløse St. (departures every 5 min.)
  • - Get off at Frederiksberg St.
For any other travel planning with train, metro or bus use www.rejseplanen.dk.

Restaurants in the neighborhood

Click here to see a list of other restaurants in the neighborhood of Frederiksberg Palace.


Frederiksberg Palace
Lakajgården, Roskildevej 26
2000 Frederiksberg
Copenhagen, Denmark
- Frederiksberg Palace was built by the Danish King Frederik IV  in the 18th century.

Scientific Committee

- Prof. Dr. B.G. Brunetti, Dipartimento di Chimica / Centre SMAArt, Universita’ di Perugia
- Mr. Mads Chr. Christensen, Senior Conservator, National Museum of Denmark
- Ms. Rica Jones, Freelance Conservator of Paintings, formerly of the Tate Gallery, London
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rene Larsen, Senior Researcher, KADK
- Dr. Ashok Roy, Director of Science, National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- Mr Tannar Ruuben, Lecturer, Metropolia University of Applied Science, Helsinki
- Assoc. Prof. Mikkel Scharff, Head of School of Conservation, KADK
- Ms. Kriste Sibul, Director of Preservation, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
- Prof. Dr. Ron Spronk, Professor of Art History, Queen’s University, Kingston,
  Canada & Hieronymus Bosch Chair,  Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noëlle Streeton, University of Oslo
- Mr. Jesper Svenningsen, PhD student, SMK
- Dr. Anna Vila, Senior Conservation Scientist, CATS
- Prof. Dr. Jørgen Wadum, Director of Conservation & CATS, SMK

The conference is organised by:
CATS in collaboration with Metropolia University of Applied Science (Helsinki),
Nationalmuseum (Stockholm) and the University of Oslo.



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