Anne De Wallens: "Emergency Plans in the Louvre Museum"

31. Mai 2017, Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Wien

Donau-Universität Krems  Vortragsreihe: Kulturgüterschutz konkret

Beginn: 19:00 Uhr


Die neue Veranstaltungsreihe "Kulturgüterschutz konkret" widmet sich aktuellen Themen aus dem Kulturgüterschutz, die von internationalen ExpertInnen präsentiert werden. Im dritten Vortrag spricht Anne de Wallens vom Louvre über Notfallpläne für das Museum und seine Sammlung. Kulturgüterschutz – ein Themenfeld, dessen nationale wie internationale Bedeutung in den vergangenen Jahren exponentiell gestiegen ist. Das Zentrum für Kulturgüterschutz der Donau-Universität Krems greift in dieser Vortragsreihe aktuelle Bereiche des Kulturgüterschutzes auf und bemüht sich um eine breite Vermittlung der Thematik.


Anne De Wallens: "Emergency Plans in the Louvre Museum"

The Louvre museum, a former royal palace, is situated along the river Seine, in the heart of Paris and was built by Philippe Auguste in 1190. Since then the Louvre has been constantly enlarged, until the two last large-scale works which gave it its current aspect: the opening of the Pyramid in 1989, and that of the galleries of the Department of Islamic arts in 2012. The size of the museum, its organization, and the successive administrative reorganizations have slowed down the elaboration of emergency plans since the opening of the Grand Louvre in 1981.
The disasters which occurred in the last two decades in Europe, and the lack of emergency plans in patrimonial institutions have led the French Ministry of Culture to require these institutions to devise proper emergency plans.


The Louvre has therefore initiated two distinct projects : a safeguard plan for collections, organized for fast kinetics, as in the case of a rapidly spreading fire, and a flood emergency plan, to face the event of a 100-yearflood of the Seine. Their organization differs, taking into account the context of the museum spaces, which would be affected and the type of disaster. But in both cases, the existence of a fire brigade dedicated to the museum represents a pivotal help. The safeguard plan for collections, coordinated by the Preventive Conservation Department, is the result of collaborative work by each curatorial department, with the support of the fire brigade and the Security Department. The organization of the flood emergency plan is much more complex and has a wider scope, so as to take into account the large scale of factors and number of parties involved in such an event. The work undertaken last spring for the flood emergency plan has been given new impetus by two major events: the EU Sequana Flood Drill in March, and the unexpected flood of the Seine which occurred on June 2nd and 3rd 2016. Both of them provided an opportunity to improve our processes, and to adapt the measures taken until now.


Anne de Wallens' Bio
After 15 years at the Paintings department in the Louvre museum as head of the registration, Anne de Wallens in 2007 has created a department dedicated to preventive conservation for the whole museum, which is now integrated to the research and collections direction. Composed by conservators and registrars, this department has to elaborate, organize and develop a preventive conservation politic, in accordance with the departments and directions concerned by the subject. For 10 years Anne de Wallens has also been responsible for the group of experts in charge of elaborating two European standards : Packaging and Transport of Cultural Goods. She gives lectures in different institutions or schools of conservation, and is member of different scientific committees.


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Dritter Vortrag aus der Veranstaltungsreihe (Der Vortrag wird in Englisch gehalten):