Schaulager is designed to store art at controlled levels of light, temperature and humidity. Since the works remain visible, restorers can continuously monitor their condition. This makes it possible to detect any material-induced changes at an early stage and to take appropriate action where necessary.
Whereas the ageing processes of traditional media, such as oil paint on canvas or stone sculpture, have been the subject of comprehensive research, new materials and media pose a whole range of unanswered questions. The collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation includes, for example, works made of chocolate, Vaseline, wax, plaster and plastic – materials that raise interesting issues, since their ageing properties are so far largely unknown. The conservation department works in close cooperation with the artists to find new technical solutions for the long-term conservation of all elements of the work.
The secure storage of the artworks at Schaulager is designed to ensure that the works can be viewed and fully appreciated by future generations.