MASP’s current Conservação e Restauro [Conservation and Restoration] studio was set up in 1992 by the painting restorer Eneida Parreira, through a project sponsored by Fundação Vitae. At the time, the studio had modern equipment, aimed at the restoration of paintings on canvas, through studies and research based on the most relevant museums in the world.
In 2000, with the restructuring of MASP’s building, the restoration studio was expanded to better meet the Museum’s demands. To this day, the center has equipment for studying works considered modern for Brazil, such as the infrared reflectography device that allows the visualization of the underlying drawing of a painting, or the Leica binocular magnifier that is considered crucial equipment for superficial analyses of artworks.
Since 1990, MASP regards as essential actions the exchange and partnering with the world’s leading museums, either to update knowledge or to restore the Museum’s works.
FUNCTIONS OF THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION DEPARTMENT
The Departamento de Conservação e Restauro [Department of Conservation and Restoration] of MASP is responsible for preserving, conserving, and restoring the works belonging to the Museum’s collection, as well as providing conservation assistance for temporary exhibitions from other museums or institutions. Considering that the Museum’s works are stored, exhibited, and transported following international museum norms, the Departamento de Conservação e Restauro plays a significant role in preventive conservation, security, and handling of the collection.