Research and conservation 'Mobile Home for Kröller-Müller'

The enormous artwork Mobile Home for Kröller-Müller by Joep van Lieshout was designed as a contemporary trailer home constructed with wood and glass fibre reinforced polyester resin. After 10 years of display it still looked fairly good from the outside but started to develop severe signs of decay on the inside.

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An interdisciplinary research was set up with experts including conservation scientists, building physicists, art historians, conservators specialized in different fields as well as interns and students. It is a collaborative project of Netherlands Institute of Cultural Heritage, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Eindhoven Technical University, University of Amsterdam, the Kröller-Müller Museum in cooperation with Atelier van Lieshout. During the 15th Triennial Meeting of the International Council of Museums Committee of Conservation in New Delhi, the preliminary research results and the conservation in progress have been presented (September 22-26, 2008).







Taking a sample from the polyester roof of Mobile Home voor Kröller-Müller by Elisa Schöne from the University of Amsterdam and Thea van Oosten from the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) to analyse the current state of degradation.














Artist Joep van Lieshout and sculpture and modern art conservator Sanneke Stigter

Project coordination: Sanneke Stigter
Duration: Dec 1, 2005 - Feb 1, 2011