The Villum & Velux funded project period from 2011-2017



A collaborative European research project exploring some of the most interesting and pertinent challenges associated with the conservation of 20th and 21st century oil paintings (EU Joint Project Initiatives, JPI-JHEP).


After The Black Death

CATS is partner in a large research project run by the University of Oslo (UiO): After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway. The focus is on interdisciplinary research into the making and meaning of late-medieval folding altarpieces, shrines, sculptures and crucifixes owned by the Museum of Cultural History (KHM).



The Jordaens and Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project (JVDPPP) is an innovative multidisciplinary art historical initiative co-founded by Dr. Joost Vander Auwera, Senior Curator of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium (KMSKB-MRFAB) and Drs. Justin Davies (PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)).


The PUR-project

Degradation of polyurethane foam in large scale Danish art from 1960 till today.



A Dark Future?

Examination and understanding of degradation phenomena observed in graphic works (on paper, parchment and photography), where certain lead white pigments darkens dramatically and may become completely black. This reaction is believed to primarily be an air pollution phenomenon, but other causes are also investigated.


Jais Nielsen’s frescoes at St. Elisabeth Hospital

The Ny Carlsberg Foundation chose to fund the restoring of and research in the Jais Nielsens frescoes in 2016. The project was a collaboration between NMD, SMK where CATS was responsible for the coordination of the research part. The goal of the project was to describe the context of Jais Nielsen’s frescoes in two interlacing parts: Art historical and technical research in painting techniques. The projects were disseminated as a publication in 2016, showing the results of the two research areas in close relation to each other. Besides the art historical part, the publication holds a chapter of technical research and beautifully illustrated results from the technical analysis.



In the publication, the explorative nature of the project PRIMI is reflected in a collection of articles by researchers, conservators, artists and employees representing the plastics industry.



On the trail of Bosch and Bruegel

The results of examination of the materials used, the underdrawings, the iconography, and investigation of the changes of ownership are discussed in this book – all part of the project that set out to discover the origins of each version, how and why they were made, their meaning and how they might be related to each other.