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Left, Objects Conservator Ellen Chase works on restoring a Ceremonial Palanquin; Right, East Asian Painting Conservator Jiro Ueda works with pigments.


Research and Art Conservation


Conservation is critical to the continued presence of Asian art in museums throughout the world. The Freer and Sackler Galleries are among just a handful of museums worldwide that support and encourage the combination of conservation with the use of scientific methods to study works of art. Recognized internationally for its high standards and scientific research since 1932, our conservation department works to safeguard the collections, train scientists and conservators, and publish research on Asian art. One of the few laboratories to use traditional methods, our East Asian Painting Conservation Studio conducts the Hirayama Program for the conservation of Japanese paintings, the Chinese Painting Conservation Program, and has a long-standing collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art to conserve paintings in both collections. International partnerships include those with the Shaanxi Research Institute of China and the National Museum of Cambodia, providing staff training and sharing research.

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