Student Participation in Gabrijel Stupica Up Close: The Technology of Making and Preserving Works of Art Project

Authors: Marjeta Klemenčič and Petra Juvan
Mentor: Associate Professor Tamara Trček Pečak, MA

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Paintings and polychrome sculptures (2nd [final] year of the Master's programme)

Abstract

Klemencic JuvanGabrijel Stupica Up Close: The Technology of Making and Preserving Works of Art project (2014) was the result of collaboration among the Restoration-Conservation Department of the Moderna galerija, the Restoration Department of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (UL ALUO), the Restoration Centre of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, and the National Gallery of Slovenia.
The project involved scientific research, examination, documentation, and restoration of more than 150 of Stupica's works. In an attempt to reconstruct some of the technical solutions the artist resorted to, the undergraduate and graduate students of ALUO UL, under the supervision of the project’s authors Nada Madžarac (Moderna galerija) and assoc. professor Tamara Trček Pečak (UL ALUO) produced a series of technological studies of a number of details from Stupica's paintings, which gave insight into his thinking and creative work.
The exhibition, which included a video presentation, was open to the public at the Modern Gallery in Ljubljana, from April to August 2014. During this period the students involved in the work on technological studies were engaged as guides through the exhibition, explaining to the visitors the technology of Stupica’s work, the conclusions of the investigation, and the ways of preserving his paintings.

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Short biographies

MATEJA KLEMENČIĆ was born in Kranj, in 1972. Her first profession was kindergarten teacher. After fifteen years of work in kindergarten she decided to switch to a career in conservation. In 2013, she graduated in the Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. In 2011, she won the student recognition of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana for excellent academic accomplishment. She is currently attending the Master’s studies in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine arts and Design, University of Ljubljana.

PETRA JUVAN was born in Ljubljana, in 1986. She is currently in her second (final) year of the graduate program in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana. In the years 2009 to 2014 she attended the undergraduate program in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art. Based on her first degree accomplishments she was awarded student recognition of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, for the study year 2014. In 2014 she also participated in the International Conference of Conservation – Restoration Studies in Zagreb and in the annual professional meeting of conservators in Ljubljana.