Stone Sculpture Restoration

About the Workshop

The stone sculpture restoration workshop opened in the mid-1960s. Its staff carries out restoration works on indoor, garden and memorial sculptures, as well as on architectural and decorative sculptures. An extremely wide variety of artworks are restored at the workshop – memorial cemeteries, sculptured elements of interior décor, gypsum plaster medallions, Florentine mosaics, inlaid table tops, tiled panels, glazed majolica and biscuit porcelain. During the course of their work, the workshop's restorers have had to master different kinds of sculptural and ornamental materials: marble and anhydrate, alabaster and non-ferrous minerals, cement and gypsum, clay and majolica, wax, and even papier-mache.

More than 30 works of art are restored annually

Over 150 sculptures have been restored over the past five years – exhibits at various Russian museums, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Memorial State Museum and Studio of A. S. Golubkina, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Ceramics and Kuskovo Estate, the Ostankino Museum-Estate, the Tver Regional Art Gallery, the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan and many others.

In addition to performing restoration works, the workshop's staff also carries out research and conducts experiments. Over the years, they have great number of discoveries and developed new techniques that relate to various aspects of restorative practice.

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The stone sculpture restoration workshop has been around for over 50 years

In the mid-1960s, a section specialising in works of art made out of stone was opened as part of the Department for the Restoration of Applied Art Objects. This area of restoration activity was established at the Grabar Art Conservation Centre at a time when contemporary approaches to restoring stone sculptures were being developed, the foundations of conservation work were being defined, new principles of the ethics of restoration were being worked out, and many of the traditional techniques and materials used were being radically re-examined.

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The Restorers

Since 2010, the stone sculpture restoration workshop has been run by art restorer Dmitry Kotov. A total of three art restorers and one researcher are employed by the workshop.

Scientific Research

Художники-реставраторы мастерской Д.Е. Котов, К.Г. Синявин и Т.А. Пименова постоянно принимают участие в художественных выставках Москвы и Подмосковья, показывая свои скульптурные, живописные и графические произведения. Кроме того, сотрудники отдела постоянно поддерживают контакт с различными московскими городскими и областными музеями, «инспектируя» их скульптурные собрания. Результаты работы мастерской и профессиональный уровень реставраторов наглядно демонстрируют отчетные и тематические реставрационные выставки и издания последних лет.

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Еще один аспект деятельности мастерской реставрации скульптуры из камня – это кропотливая и постоянная работа со стажерами и практикантами. В реставрационной мастерской каменной скульптуры ВХНРЦ постоянно повышают квалификацию реставраторы и хранители из различных музеев нашей страны.

08 July 2019

Рассказывает художник-реставратор отдела каменной и гипсовой скульптуры Всероссийского художественного научно-реставрационного центра имени академика И.Э. Грабаря Константин Синявин

23 October 2018

Во Всероссийском выставочно-художественном центре им.Грабаря прошел день открытых дверей. Корреспондент «ВМ» побывал в мастерской по реставрации скульптур.

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It is here that the most difficult and destroyed works of art – those that were seemingly doomed to be lost forever – were sent for restoration. And they continue to be sent here to this day

18 December 2019

Научно-практическая конференция имени А.П. Ковалёва

10 August 2013

Реставрация уникальных памятников средневековой культуры поволжских татар из Болгарского историко-архитектурного музея–заповедника, включенного в список ЮНЕСКО, была проведена группой реставраторов ВХНРЦ.

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