© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Kunsthalle Mannheim
Max Beckmann, Fastnacht (Pierrette und Clown), 1925, während einer Schwingungsmessung
Symposium: Everything Vibrates: Strains on Artworks and Cultural Artifacts through Mechanical Vibrations and Impacts
06/29/18 to 06/30/18

Artworks and cultural artefacts are subjected to multiple forms of vibrations and impacts. What mechanical strains actually damage artworks? What role does the natural oscillation of the work itself play? Restorers Katrin Radermacher and Daniela Hedinger from Kunsthalle Mannheim and vibration engineer Dr. Kerstin Kracht investigated questions such as these in examining Max Beckmann’s oil Fastnacht. The symposium will include a discussion of the results of vibration measurements before and after restoration as well as a workshop on the effect of vibrations on artworks and cultural artefacts.


Please contact Saskia Mench to register:


Saskia Mench
+49 621 293 6253

Registration fees

Regular: €120
Students: €40


Friday, June 29, 2018 | 1 pm to 6 pm

1 pm–1:10 pm | Welcome by Dr. I. Herold, deputy director of Kunsthalle Mannheim

1:10 pm–1:15 pm | Introduction to the subject by K. Radermacher, conservator at Kunsthalle Mannheim

1:15 pm–1:45 pm | K. Radermacher, D. Hedinger (independent conservator, Stuttgart) | “The Restoration of Beckmann’s Carnival”

2 pm–2:30 pm | Dr. K. Kracht | “Theory Required! Fundamental of Vibrations, Vibration Loads, and Remedial Measures”

2:30 pm–3 pm | Dr. K. Kracht | “Vibration Investigations of Beckmann’s Carnival”

3 pm | Coffee break in the lobby

3:30 pm–4:30 pm | Practical Session | “Vibration, Works of Art, and Cultural Artifacts”

 Measuring vibrations in paintings Vibrations during different forms of transportation

 Measuring floor vibrations

 Measuring pedestal vibrations

Bruynzeel Storage Systems: “Presentation of Anti-Vibration Products for Preserving Artworks and Cultural Artifacts”

Evening meal at Rheinterrassen Gasthaus am Fluss

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 10 am to 4 pm

9:30 am | Meet and welcoming remarks

10 am–10:30 am | Dr. W. Wei (Cultural Heritage Agency, Amsterdam) | “The Effect of Vibrations and Cyclical Impact Loads on the State of Objects: Limits and Practical Solutions”

10:30 am–11:00 am | M. Dubus (Institut national du patrimoine, Paris) | “A ‘Vibrational Reference’ for Collections in Transit”

11 am–11:30 am | N. Bäschlin, M. Läuchli (Kunstmuseum Bern) | “Monitoring Vibration During Transport: Implications for Museums”

11:30 am–12 pm | L. Sauvage (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam) | “Transport of Pastel Paintings: Fatigue Damage Due to Vibrations”

12 pm–12:30 pm | Open discussion with speakers

12:30 pm–1:30 pm | Lunch break

1:30 pm–2 pm | A. Johnson (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Chicago) | “U.S. Practice in Vibration Control at Museums | Predicting Vibrations Using Preconstruction Testing”

2 pm–2:30 pm | Dr. G. Gülker (Universität Oldenburg): “Good Vibrations | Identifying Cavities in Frescoes Using Digital-Holographic Vibration Assessment”

2:30 pm–3 pm | Prof. T. Kletschkowski (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences) | “Measuring Vibrations of Elastic Continua: The Art of Modeling”

3 pm–3:30 pm | Coffee break and discussion

3:30 pm–4 pm | Group tours of the museum and the restoration workshop

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