Mobility creates Masters, a ground-breaking international Network – MoCMa

CATS has been awarded a grant within the framework of the Independent Research Fund Denmark’s E2016 and F2017 call. The aim of this grant is to strengthen research areas that are geographically and institutionally scattered, and to support networks which could lead to larger projects or larger interdisciplinary groups of researchers working across institutions.

The aim of the research-network MoCMa is to share knowledge, experience and results amongst the participating institutions while investigating materials, the background for, and the impact of the coloured ground layers in paintings across Europe from the Early Modern Period. Within this there is a special focus on the preconditions available to painters in Scandinavia, based on the mobility and circulation of artists/artisans and their materials across geographical boarders.

MoCMa will work towards the aim of strengthening the exchange of theoretical and object related research into paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries by joining the forces of the humanities and the natural sciences. Via a combined approach to understanding the impact of the colour of the ground layers of paintings on the visual appearance of art works we will enhance art lovers at all levels to appreciate the influence of materiality on the perception.

As MoCMa includes four universities and five museums that are geographically sprinkled across Europe, we shall assemble during three network seminars and conclude with a large international conference.

The network will be led by CATS, a research infrastructure between the three Copenhagen based institutions Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), National Museum of Denmark (NMD) and School of Conservation (KADK) at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.  The MoCMa partner institutions are:







MoCMa is a project in association with: