Nieuwsbrief
Summer Newsletter: Art in Boijmans and in the port of Rotterdam
20 June 2010

Restauration of a painting by Dalí in public

Have you ever seen a famous painting being restored? This summer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is letting everyone enjoy a process that is usually carried out behind closed doors. From mid-June the enornous painting Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope by the world-famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí will undergo a miraculous restoration. You can follow the silent spectacle for two months in the Serra gallery. Following the restoration the painting is going to Milan, so don’t miss it.

Salvador Dalí, Landscape with a Girl Skipping. Material: oilpaint on panels. Date: 1936-1936. Size: 4 x 298 x 90 cm Centre section: 293 x 280 cm Side panels: 261 x 84 cm. Acquisition : purchase (1977)
Salvador Dalí, Landscape with a Girl Skipping. Material: oilpaint on panels. Date: 1936-1936. Size: 4 x 298 x 90 cm Centre section: 293 x 280 cm Side panels: 261 x 84 cm. Acquisition : purchase (1977)


11 June - mid August 2010

During the public restoration in the museum, the painting will hang on a temporary slanting wall. You can follow the process at close quarters from behind a barrier so as not to disturb the restorers. Brief texts, photographs and a film will explain the restoration process. Each Wednesday afternoon there will be an hour-long question and answer session.

Following an extensive preparatory investigation, the following will be carried out:
1. The yellowed varnish layer and the greyish layer of surface dirt on and under the varnish will be removed, and flaking paint will be secured.
2. Old discoloured retouching, overpainting and fillings in the paint layer will be removed.
3. An intermediate layer of varnish will be applied.
4. Where necessary, damage to the canvas and the paint layer will be repaired, filled and textured.
5. Retouching.
6. A final coat of varnish will be applied if necessary.
And last, but not least, the painting will be given a new frame.

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