Online: 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.

Different opening hours for Jardin d’émail

Jardin d'émail is accessible from 1 April to 1 November, but only when the surface is completely dry. The work is closed for maintenance every last Monday of the month. It is also inaccessible during or shortly after rainfall, due to the risk of slipperiness.

Jardin d’émail received a full conservation treatment between 2016 and 2020. In order to keep the artwork in good condition for as long as possible, regular inspection, maintenance and cleaning is required. We do this every last Monday of the month. For example, the drains are cleaned and the entire work is washed and scrubbed with water. Afterwards, the work has to dry before it is safe for visitors again.

More info about the conservation

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