Long Night of Research: Roentgen Images (X-rays) and Sounds

6–7.15 pm

Roentgen Images (X-rays) and Sounds: On Researching and Restoring David Roentgen’s 1779 Marquetry Panels by Britta Dierig and Anne Biber, MAK Conservation Department

SPECIAL: Unlocking David Roentgen’s Cabinet
Fri, 24.5.2024 6 pm7.15 pm
Baroque Rococo Classicism
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Cabinetmaker David Roentgen was already a legend in his lifetime. The MAK possesses the only marquetry panels (13 m² each) worldwide produced by his cabinetmaking workshop, each measuring 13 m². Visitors are afforded insights into how a concept for conservation and restoration work is elaborated. There is also a unique opportunity to have a look inside Roentgen's complex art and cabinet cabinet.

MAK conservators Britta Dierig and Anne Biber present David Roentgen's marquetry panels as part of the Long Night of Research 2024. The historical scenes depicted on them demonstrate an extraordinary love of detail. Thanks to the careful choice of wood and the extremely high quality of the workmanship, the original substance of the panels has been largely preserved. Nevertheless, time has left visible traces on the panels.

Visitors are afforded insights into research findings on the panels’ historical context and the preliminary material-technological test results, learn about the devolopement of a concept for conservation and restoration work and get to see “roentgen images” (X-rays) of Roentgen’s pictures.

The complex construction of the of David Roentgen’s cabinet cabinet can also be admired. It posed a particularly challenging task for the museum's restoration department, as Roentgen's luxury furniture is is fitted out on its interior with a number of highly complex mechanisms. The MAK conservators will exclusively open individual secret compartments and will be available for discussion after the lecture.

6–7.15 pm
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Free admission