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Dr J. Wadum (1951) has been appointed Professor of Conservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities.

Dhr. prof. dr. (Jorgen) Wadum, hoogleraar

Jørgen Wadum works in the field of art conservation and restoration and the technical art history. This is an area of interdisciplinary collaboration between art historians, conservators and natural scientists, also drawing on other disciplines such as social and economic history and aesthetics. Already chair of the Faculty’s Conservation and Restoration capacity group, Wadum will also be supervising doctoral and Master’s students and teaching lectures on a range of subjects relating to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. Wadum will moreover focus in particular on expanding national and international cooperation between the Conservation and Restoration department and other disciplines both in the humanities and the natural sciences also at the UvA.


Wadum is director of the Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS) in Denmark, and also keeper of conservation of Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark, since 2005. Wadum was previously chief conservator of the Mauritshuis museum, from 1991 until 2005. A co-founder of Art Matters: International Journal for Technical Art History, Wadum has extensively published articles in international scholarly journals including Journal of Cultural Heritage and SMK Art Journal. He has lectured widely on subjects related to the technical art history and other areas of relevance to the understanding and preservation of cultural heritage. In addition to his chair at the UvA and directorial position in Copenhagen, Wadum also serves on the boards of various international organisations.