Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

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CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre aims to spearhead heritage conservation-restoration, research & development, and training in India as well as in other nations in the region, through its work, as well as by encouraging collaborations and sharing of expertise.

CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre

The establishment of the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre, housed in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in 2008 took place under the Metro Museum Modernization Plan supported by a project grant from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Besides taking care of the Museum collection, the conservation centre is conscious of its responsibility to work together with other institutions to strengthen the art conservation movement in India.

Conservation Restoration

CSMVS MACC comprises of a team of 25-30 personnel that includes conservators-restorers and assistants, research and documentation staff. The team members are encouraged and provided opportunities to build up their professional capacities.

The conservation centre is continually improving its facilities and competencies to implement preventive and remedial conservation of contemporary, artistic and historic works as,

  • Oil paintings on canvas and panel
  • Tempera paintings on paper and cloth
  • Miniature paintings, manuscripts, other works on paper
  • Objects including polychrome wood sculpture, decorative arts and works on metals, stone, terracotta, ceramics, glass, ivory, bone, leather, and parchment
  • Textiles
  • Natural history specimens

Conservation of objects

Between 2008-2021, over 7798 art objects were registered at the CSMVS MACC for varying levels of analyses, documentation or treatment. This steady stream of objects provides a great opportunity of work experience for the team, interns and students involved with the conservation centre.

Support for Events and Exhibitions

The CSMVS MACC teams are a reliable partner for any national or international exhibition and event. Their responsibilities include checking loan documents, condition inspection, supervising packing and transport, collection care and co-ordination of seminars and events.