Film: conservation Jardin d’émail

After a very thorough conservation treatment, Jardin d’émail by Jean Dubuffet (Le Havre, 1901-Paris, 1985) is open to the public again since the spring of 2020*. 

The various stages in the extensive and complex conservation process have been filmed: the surface of the 600 m relief was documented with a 3D-scan, chemical analyses were made of the types of paint used, structural research was conducted, the concrete has been cleaned and hundreds of metres of the drainage system were completely renewed. The movie shows how the ‘garden within a garden’ is slowly but surely restored to its former glory. Because the museum is temporarily closed due to corona, the film can now also be seen online.

Discover the history of Jardin d'émail

Open the exhibition text with timeline to read about the history, realization and previous conservation efforts.

*Please note: Jardin d'émail is accessible from 1 April until 1 November, on dry days. Due to the risk of slipping, the work is not accessible in rainy conditions. The work is shut in autumn and winter.

More info about the conservation

 Images: Marjon Gemmeke and Kröller-Müller Museum, edit: Marjon Gemmeke