The Sculpture and Casts Conservation laboratory is located on the ground floor of the new building on Bouboulinas street and opens onto a small indoor patio. It consists of two consecutive, distinct spaces with a total area of 90.22 sq.m.
At the conservation lab the following tasks take place: first of all, a diagnostic protocol is followed on every sculpture that comes in the laboratory which includes macroscopic and microscopic examination in the visible, UV, VIL, RTI and where appropriate, radiography with gamma rays or Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). The examination is documented with photographs which are used in the condition report of each object. Then, based on the diagnosis, cleaning, gluing, filling, aesthetic presentation and construction of customized bases are performed for the presentation and safe support of each object.
Duties of the laboratory also include: moving of sculptures with lifting equipment, writing reports on the suitability of the antiquities to travel to Greece or abroad, development of standards in the packing of sculptures in order to travel to exhibitions to Greece or abroad. As part of periodic exhibitions, the conservators fill in conservation reports, supervise the packing, escort the antiquities and install them and vice versa when they return to the Museum.
In addition to the current work, the laboratory participates in two research projects in collaboration with J.P. Getty Museum. These are the Anti-seismic protection Program of ancient sculptures which is about the construction and installation of seismic insulators in emblematic sculptures of the Museum https://www.getty.edu/news/getty-museum-collaborates-on-seismic-research-project-with-university-athens-greece/ , and the APPEAR project that focuses on the study of the colorful Egyptian funeral portraits of Fayum with physicochemical techniques of analysis and imaging https://www.getty.edu/museum/conservation/APPEAR/index.html
Moreover in the context of OPEN MUSEUM, the staff of the lab has done two presentations: “Colorful and gilded: the world of statues differently” and “Restoring beauty: conservation work on the statue of an unknown Aphrodite”.
The Sculpture Conservation Laboratory employs two conservators of antiquities and works of art, Ioannis Panagakos and Kalliope Tsakri.