There is a really exciting looking conference, entitled "Wax Moulages as Cultural Artefacts: Investigation, Conservation, and Restoration" taking place in Dresden, Germany, from September 24-26 of this year. Not only does this look to be a wonderful and thought-provoking multi-disciplinary conference but, even more wonderful--and highly unusual for a European conference--admission is free!
I have just registered and will definitely be in attendance. Hope to see any of you like-minded folks there! And, for those of you unclear on what medical moulage actually is, see above, wax moulages probably by Carl or Theodor Henning and housed in the Federal Pathologic-Anatomical Museum (Pathologisch-anatomisches Bundesmuseum) in Vienna, Austria, as featured in Anatomical Theatre. For more on moulage, click here.
Here is the full conference schedule:
WAX MOULAGES AS CULTURAL ARTEFACTSFull info (and sign up!) here. Hope to see you there.
INVESTIGATION, CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, 24 - 26 SEPTEMBER 2009
The international conference is devoted to interdisciplinary communication on the aesthetic, historical and physical properties of moulages, and will permit an exchange on the use, study, conservation and restoration of the moulage collections still extant throughout the world.
Moulages, once a medium of medical documentation and education, are increasingly drawing the attention of international specialists. Through reinterpretation and reappraisal moulages have sometimes found their way into museums. Meanwhile, forgotten moulage collections continue to come to light.
Many of these moulages are in a poor state of conservation. In many institutions the preservation of moulages is endangered. Conservation and restoration are necessary to combat this urgent problem. The collections concerned must first be closely examined, however.
The conference will close this gap by presenting the first projects concerned with cataloguing and investigating the world's moulage collections, and with their use, restoration and conservation. The project Wax Moulages: Precious Craftsmanship In Danger of Extinction, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the German States, is among those presented. As part of that project, specialized restoration and conservation concepts will be developed on the moulages in the collection of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum. The results will help to establish the first general standards and guidelines for the future conservation of moulages.
The conference aims to bring together custodians of moulage collections, medical scientists and medical historians, furthermore conservators/restorers, conservation scientists and museologists as well as cultural scientists and curators.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2009, THURSDAY
Welcome: Prof. Klaus Vogel, Direktor Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Introduction: Susanne Roeßiger, Leiterin Sammlung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
THE WAX MOULAGE: ART OBJECT AND/OR TEACHING AID IN MEDICAL EDUCATION?
Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schnalke, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité
Moulages in the Museum: An Approach in Layers
Prof. Dr. Marion Maria Ruisinger, Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum Ingolstadt
The Model from Zürich: Wax Moulages in Medical Education
Dr. Michael Geiges, Moulagenmuseum der Universität Zürich
Principles of Restoration
Ute Hack, Restaurierungsabteilung des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums München
SEPTEMBER 25, 2009, FRIDAY
Chair: Dr. Sandra Mühlenberend
WAX IMPRINTING AND WAX CASTING IN CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Dr. Jessica Ullrich, Universität der Künste, Berlin
Revision of the Collections of Wax Moulages
Chair: Prof. Dr. Albrecht Scholz, ehem. Direktor des Medizinhistorischen Instituts der Technischen Universität Dresden
The Wax Project: The Locating and Recording of Moulage Collections in European Institutes, Clinics and Museums
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schnalke, Navena Widulin, Isabel Atzl, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité
The Moulage Collection at the Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas/USA
Adrian Winters, Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Temple, Texas
On the Presentation and Storage Situation of the Moulage Collection at the University of Medicine in Kaunas/Lithuania
Prof. Dr. Skaidra Valiukeviciene, University of Medicine, Kaunas/Litauen
Between Sciences and Exhibition: The Wax Moulages at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Dr. Sandra Mühlenberend, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
THE CONSERVATION/RESTORATION OF WAX OBJECTS
Chair: Ute Hack
On the Conservation of Wax Moulages of the Musée du Service de Santé des Armées au Val de Grâce in Paris and on the Conservation Treatment on the Collection at the Université de Montpellier
Laurence Chicoineau, freie Restauratorin, Ris-Orangis/ Frankreich
Restoring Shapes: On the Conservation of Wax Moulages at the Medical Museum of the University of Copenhagen/Denmark
Ion Meyer, Medical Museion Copenhagen
Recommendations for Transport, Exhibition and Storage of Wax Moulages
Marcus Herdin, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München
The Wax Moulages of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum: Damage Analysis, Treatment Catalogue and Conservation
Johanna Lang, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Further Education via Internet: E-Learning as a Contribution to the Conservation of Art Collections
Barbara Hentschel, Dr. Angela Weyer, Hornemann Institut Hildesheim
SEPTEMBER 26, 2009, SATURDAY
THE TECHNIQUES AND NATURE OF WAX MOULAGES
Chair: Dr. Michael Geiges
The Moulages of Richard Hoffman at the Wax Collection of Dermatology "Coriolan Tataru" in Cluj Napoca/Romania
Prof. Dr. Alexandru Tataru, Universität der Medizin und Pharmazie Cluj-Napoca
The Moulages of Alfons Kroener and Paul Berliner at the Institute for Dermatology of the University of Wroclaw/Poland
Dr. Rafal Bialynicki-Birula, Medical University Wroclaw
Scientific Analysis of Wax Moulages: Composition and Damages
Dr. Patrick Dietemann, Ursula Baumer, Doerner Institut, München, Prof. Dr. Christoph Herm, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden
THE CUSTODY AND UTILIZATION OF WAX MOULAGES
Chair: Johanna Lang
On the Exhibition and Storage Situation of the Moulage Collection in the Andreas Sygros Hospital in Athens/Greece
Dr. Panagiota Emmanouil, Pedeli's Children Hospital, Athen
Custody and Utilization: The Moulage Collection at the National Museum for Pathology and Anatomy in Vienna/Austria
Dr. Beatrix Patzak, Pathologisch-Anatomisches Bundesmuseum Wien
The Moulage Collection of the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) -The Challenge of Transition from the Clinic to the Medical Historical Museum
Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach, Antje Zare, Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin, UKE
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schnalke und Susanne Roeßiger
Image: From Anatomical Theatre exhibition: Federal Pathologic-Anatomical Museum (Pathologisch-anatomisches Bundesmuseum): Vienna, Austria; Wax moulages; Probably by Carl Henning (1860-1917) or Theodor Henning (1897-1946); Early 20th