Marij Pregelj Up-close

Author: Nives Slemenšek, dipl. kons.- rest. (UN)
Mentor: Tamara Trček Pečak, Associate Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Programme of Study in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Paintings and Polychrome Sculpture (3rd year of study)

SLEMENSEK NivesAbstract

One of the fundamental tasks of conservation-restoration, besides art preservation, is to get acquainted with the artist’s work, its technique and technology. As the very name of the "Marij Pregelj Up-close" project suggests, the main focus was on the artist, who is one of the Slovenian key modernist painters.  The project, which was carried out in cooperation with different institutions and faculties, took the authors through analytical researches of the artist’s paint layer resulting in methodological and technological investigation and conservation-restoration of  fourteen paintings by  Marij Pregelj, and the creation of the artist’s pallet.  The process, dilemmas and the project outcomes, with the stress on the conservation-restoration treatment, are  presented.

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Short biography

NIVES SLEMENŠEK was born in 1992, at Celje. After finishing high school education at Gimnazija Celje – Center (Art Department), she continued her studies at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design of Ljubljana, where she gained a degree in conservation and restoration of fine art, in 2015. She is now attending the master’s program at the same academy, focusing on conservation and restoration of organic materials, with the stress on canvas paintings. During her education, she participated in the conservation and restoration of a canvas painting depicting St. Michael, under the supervision of Lucija Močnik Ramovš, MA, Assoc. Professor. During her internship at the National Gallery in Ljubljana, she gained experience in conservation and restoration of art on paper.