In 1990, the Conservation Department was founded. Among its aims and objectives is the preventive conservation and preservation of the National Gallery’s works of art and the development and application of new methods of research, analysis and treatment. The Department consists of the following laboratories:
a) Conservation Studio of paintings on canvas and wood panel.
b) Paper conservation studio.
c) Sculpture conservation laboratory.
d) Laboratory of physicochemical analysis and research.
The Department has standing collaborations with the research centres and educational Institutions in Greece such as: a) The Foundation for Research and Technology ‘s Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (since 1990), with which we have signed a cooperation agreement, b) the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the Technological Educational Institution of Athens and c) with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens’ School of Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Department of Ecology and Taxonomy and others.
Furthermore, in the framework of various European programmes the Department has collaborated with numerous foreign research institutions and centres.