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The Rijksmuseum and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands are key partners with the UvA–sharing the Ateliergebouw on the Museumplein in a tripartite partnership. In addition, we work together with many museums and conservation research institutes both in the Netherlands and abroad.

In 2008, the former Minister of Education, Culture and Science allotted this partnership with the mission to make the Ateliergebouw a Centre of Excellence. The tripartite partnership booked good results towards this end, initiating many shared research projects funded by various grants in national and international research and conservation projects. Within a couple of years the Ateliergebouw was transformed into “the place to be” for research and conservation of cultural heritage.

In addition, many Dutch museums and cultural heritage institutions constitute important collaborators in research projects with the UvA Conservation Department. On top of that, the UvA collaborates with many international associations, universities and museums. These alliances stimulate valuable contributions to the field of conservatino and provide a broad supportive network concerning developments in education, research and promotion of the discipline as a whole.

  • Tripartite
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    The UvA Conservation Department, the Rijksmuseum Conservation Studios and Researchers of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands work together in the Ateliergebouw on the Museumplein in Amsterdam, coined the Centre of Excellence for conservation research.

    The tripartite partners at the Ateliergebouw collaborate both in research and education and involve various areas of expertise to enhance the field of conservation. Together with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the tripartite partners join in the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). This institute stimulates innovative interdisciplinary research that unites conservation, science and art history. For more information see NICAS partner at the left.

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    NICAS is an innovative interdisciplinary research center housed in the Ateliergebouw in Amsterdam, uniting art history, conservation and science. The center, initiated in collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), will work in cooperation with the Rijksmuseum (RM), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

  • SBMK
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    The Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (Dutch abbreviation: SBMK) aims to initiate research projects and develop sound practices related to the preservation and conservation of contemporary art.

    Since its inception the SBMK focuses on collaboration between conservators, scientists, curators, artists, lawyers, philosophers, art historians and art theorists. The SBMK joins forces not only among Dutch museums, but also among research institutes, universities and other education centers. Members of the UvA Conservation department take part in both the Board of Trustees and the Steering Committee, collaborating in a number of research projects, such as The Artist Interview and Project Plastics.

  • Metamorfoze
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    The UvA Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage Department is an official partner of the Metamorfoze Research Programme, situated in the National Library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) in The Hague.

    The programme is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences (OCW) and is the national programme for the preservation of paper heritage since 1997. A major activity of the Metamorfoze Programme is to finance preservation projects, in particular projects with a focus upon material of Dutch origin, scholarly libraries, regional historic centres and museums and research institutes, for example. The Metamorfoze Programme is coordinated by Bureau Metamorfoze, who also organise workshops, informative sessions and congresses, besides advising on the proposals and execution of the projects awarded.

  • Max Planck Institute

    The UvA Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage Department holds a joint research fellowship with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

    The intention of this partnership is to exchange researchers specialised in the field of the technical examination of art. As a result researcher Dr. Marco Cardinali from the Berlin Max Planck Institute spent the month of March 2015 at the UvA Conservation and Restoration Department.

    UvA researchers collaborated  with the Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe (2011–2015) directed by Dr. Sven Dupré, professor by special appointment with Conservation and Restoration.