The Conservation of Byobu

Berlin, July 2017 – Last week I was in Berlin again, after almost three years, attending the Workshop on the Conservation of Japanese Screens at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in Dahlem.

One more time I had the chance to meet my teachers from Japan and colleagues from all over the world, and learn about complex objects such as byobu and traditional techniques to built and restore them.

Once again a wonderful and useful experience for both my professional and personal growth.

This five-day workshop is designed for conservators and restorers who already have an advanced knowledge of Japanese restoration and conservation techniques. It is aimed to introduce the basic technique of Japanese paper restoration techniques, the structure of Japanese screens like byobu(folding screen), the analysis of damages on screens through the practical work conducted by Japanese specialists. Applicants are required to have previously taken either “Basics for Japanese Paper and silk conservation” or similar workshops run by Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties such as JPC 2006 downward.”

In the pictures: moments from the workshops; life in Berlin.