For the material study and conservation of the works in their collections, the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire of Geneva currently maintain eleven workshops specialised in the conservation and restoration of the city's cultural assets.
Their main mission is the technical examination, documentation and finally treatment of the works for conservation and restoration purposes. The conservator-restorer is also responsible for establishing intervention procedures that respond to every object's particular needs, based on ethical, historical and aesthetic criteria.
This profession adheres to ethical and technical standards that have been established at the national level by the Association Suisse de Conservation et Restauration (SCR) and by international organisms like ICOM-CC and ECCO. In collaboration with the principal Swiss and European training centres, all the MAH workshops can provide internships for students of art conservation and restoration in order to give them some practical experience in a museum setting.
Workshops and contact persons:
- Valentine Greco, Conservation-restoration of frames
- Hortense de Corneillan, Conservation-restoration of glass and ceramics
- Isabelle Anex, Véronique Strasser, Conservation-restoration of graphic and photographic documents
- Bernadette Rey-Bellet, Conservation-restoration of archaeological materials
- Daniel Huguenin, Conservation-restoration of arms and scientific instruments
- Denise Witschard, Conservation-restoration of metals
- Pierre Boesiger, Conservation-restoration of antique furniture
- Victor Lopes, Conservation-restoration of paintings
- Michel Hirschy, Conservation-restoration of sculptures
- Alexandre Fiette, Conservation-restoration of textiles
- Gabrielle Giacobino, Conservation-restoration of antique watches and clocks