Technology & Practice:

Studying the European Visual

Arts 1800-1850

Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and art on Paper


Copenhagen, 15-16 June 2016

A two-day Technical Art History conference is to be held by CATS at the National Museum of Denmark on 15 – 16 June 2016.
The conference will be focusing on artists’ techniques and materials, written sources, conservation science, the history of science and technology, history of trade, and innovation of artists’ materials during the first half of the 19th century. In the preceding several decades a succession of art academies emerged throughout Europe, and another focal point of the conference will be the impact of these institutions on a new generation of artists, examining how this manifested itself in their Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and Art on Paper.
Contributions to the conference are considered, either in the format of oral presentations or posters, and should be original material that has not been published previously. The conference language will be English.
Themes for presentations could be:
  • - Workshop practice and materials: art historical and technical approaches to documentary evidence
  • - Art historical and technical examination and analysis of art objects
  • - Art academies as well as open air paintings
  • - Issues of trading, supply and material innovation in a newly industrialized art world

Call for papers and posters

Abstract submission is closed
Please submit title and abstract of up to max 500 words for oral and/or poster presentations. Please send your contribution to the following contact address, for consideration by the scientific committee: cats.conference@smk.dk 
Template for abstracts: CATS Conference 2016_ Abstract_Template
Guidelines for posters: CATS Conference 2016_Poster_Guidelines
Template for posters: CATS Conference_Poster_Template


The oral conference presentations will in early spring 2017 be published as an online publication by CATS in collaboration with Archetype Publications Ltd. and also be available as print on demand. The posters will be posted on the CATS webside as PDF’s.


The National Museum of Denmark
Address: Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen K (map)


Registration is closed
Registration required before 29 May 2016.
- Conference fee: 185 €
- Students fee*: 125 €
- Conference fee including conference dinner Wednesday evening: 255 €
- Students fee including conference dinner Wednesday evening*: 195 €
The conference fee includes lunch and coffee breaks both days and a reception and art talk at Statens Museum for Kunst.
*Proof of registration at a university must be shown by registration at the conference.

Conference dinner (separate registration)

The conference dinner on Wednesday evening, June 15 at 8:30 PM, will be held at Restaurant SULT. The food at SULT is simple, surprising, full of flavour and focused on fresh seasonal produced, preferably organic and locally grown.


Program for the CATS conference 2016
- Conference program subject to changes without notice

Scientific Committee for the conference

  • - Ass. Prof. Dr. Ingelise Nielsen, Head of Department, KADK, Copenhagen
  • - Tannar Ruuben, Lecturer, Metropolia University of Applied Science, Helsinki
  • - Kriste Sibul, Director of Preservation, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
  • - Ass. Prof. Dr. Noëlle Streeton, University of Oslo, Oslo
  • - Jesper Svenningsen, PhD student, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
  • - Line Bregnhøi, Conservator of Buildings and Artefacts, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
  • - Dr. Phil. Kasper Monrad, Senior Research Curator, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
  • - Idelette van Leeuwen, Head of Paper Conservation, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • - Rebecca Hast, Conservator of Sculptures, The Glyptotek, Copenhagen
  • - Dr. Heike Stege, Head of the Scientific Department, Doerner Institut, Munich
  • - Dr. Anna Vila, Senior Conservation Scientist, CATS, Copenhagen
  • - Prof. Dr. Jørgen Wadum, Director of Conservation & CATS, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

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: WakeUp, Danhostel and Hotel Danmark
Participants are free to make their own accommodation booking at any other location. The following websites can be useful in this respect: Momondo, Airbnb and Hotels.com.

Transport to Copenhagen

Copenhagen Airport has direct flights to all major cities in Europe and plenty of states in the United States of America.
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 the tickets with VISA card or Danish coins in one of the automats or at the 7-Eleven shops at the stations.
Transport from Copenhagen Airport to the National Museum of Denmark (approx. 30 min.):
- Buy a single ticket for 3 zones (36 DKK, one-way) in one of the automats at the Copenhagen Airport
- Take the Øresundstog operated by DSB Øresund towards Helsingør St. or Nivå St.
- Get off at Copenhagen Central Station (Københavns Hovedbanegård)
- Walk to the National Museum of Denmark (approx. 10 min walk)
For any other travel planning with train, bus or metro use www.rejseplanen.dk



Sponsors for the conference bags


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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