Rūdninkų g. 8, LT-01135
Tel. (8-5) 261 9854
Pranas Gudynas Restoration Centre is a branch of the Lithuanian National Art Museum. It was founded in 1978 while restorers and researchers worked in the museum earlier. Pranas Gudynas Restoration Centre is primarily responsible for the long-term preservation of the Lithuanian National Art museum’s collections, also assist in preservation, conservation and technological study of collections of other Lithuanian museums, churches or other institutions.
Pranas Gudynas Restoration Centre is the main training base for restorers of movable art treasures in Lithuania. Pranas Gudynas Restoration Centre consists of nine departments: department for Scientific Research, department for Restoration of Paintings, department for Restoration of Polychrome Wooden Sculpture, Department for Restoration of Art on Paper, Department for Restoration of Textile, Department for Restoration of Ceramics, Department for Restoration of Metal, Department for Restoration of Furniture, Department for Conservation of Archaeological finds. More than sixty professional conservators and scientists are working in the departments of the Centre.
Department for Scientific Research is responsible for providing analytical and technological support to all the conservation sections at the centre, also responsible for monitoring the environment of the Museum exhibition halls and depositories. Today ten scientists: six chemists, biologist, two physicists and photographer are working in the laboratories of the Centre.
They carry out analysis on the wide range of objects from archaeological finds to paintings defining pigments and binding media, paper and textile fibbers and their acidity, the composition of metal alloys, identifying the nature of previous restoration or alteration, determining the causes of deterioration for a particular type of object. Every object under restoration is examined by X-radiography, infrared photography or ultraviolet fluorescence. The chemists are investigating and testing conservation materials and methods. The biologist studies biological environment, microorganisms, insects and beetles harmful for the preservation of museum objects, dependent on local ecological conditions. Microbiological composition of air in museum exhibition halls and depositories is periodically controlled.
Every year almost two thousands of objects are conserved and restored at the Centre. Archaeological artefacts, works of decorative and applied arts, ethnographic objects created in different centuries, with different techniques, various damages and degree of deterioration are conserved and restored at the Centre.