Cooperative and educational programs for east asian painting conservation

The Hirayama Program for Japanese Painting Conservation was started in 2000. The program’s endowed funding supports a range of projects dedicated to increasing understanding of the materials and methods of traditional Japanese painting production and mounting while broadening awareness of modern preservation and conservation practices in the United States.

The Chinese Painting Conservation Program, initiated in 2001, is devoted to training young professionals and developing cooperative projects to promote the understanding and care of Chinese paintings. Parallel to these efforts is an ongoing and extensive research program dedicated to the technical study of the materials, structure, and deterioration of East Asian painting.

Such programs are vital to the Freer and Sackler Galleries’ efforts to help maintain and advance the rich traditions of Chinese and Japanese mounting and painting conservation in the West. The support for these projects in many ways owes to the strength of the museums’ holdings of more than 4,500 East Asian paintings—one of the greatest collections of Chinese and Japanese paintings outside of Asia—and to the long-established role of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research.

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