European experts give insight into paper-based work restoration hinh anh 1European experts will help local museums' staff members to sharpen their skills in restoring paper-based works (Photo:

The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe Institute opened a training course on restoring works on paper under the instruction of European experts in Hanoi on October 5.

The five-day course, part of cooperation between the museum and Germany’s Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, aims to help those working in the field improve their professional knowledge about and skills in restoring drawings and documents made of paper – a material susceptible to environmental changes.

Participants are staff members of the museum, national museums based in Hanoi, some provincial museums and the State Records Management and Archives Department of Vietnam along with representatives of fine arts universities, libraries and relic sites.

Experts presenting the special paper conservation techniques are Dr Andrea Pataki-Hundt from the State Academy of Art and Design in Germany’s Stuttgart, and conservator Ines Jesche from the State Archives of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland.

Director of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum Phan Van Tien said his museum is currently home to nearly 5,000 paper-based works, including those aged at least 50 years that have been damaged by changes in the weather and poor conservation conditions.

He hoped that training would help staff members revive valuable works of art.

Cooperation between the museum and the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts has featured a number of activities since 2013, such as training courses on the restoration of oil paintings and wooden objects in Vietnam and Germany.-VNA