ITM restores paintings of Allard L’Olivier
The series depicts the crossing of Lake Kivu, on the border between Rwanda and Congo, and illustrates the daily life of the population. The works give a unique picture of Africanism as an art movement and the way Belgian Congo was portrayed at that time. Stylistically, they are unique testimonies of the times.
When the canvases were hung in ITM in the 1930s, they were removed from their frames and glued to the walls. This was not an ideal choice, as the temperature differences between the walls and the indoor climate can create microclimates, giving free rein to condensation and mould.
Over the years, this led to congestion and water damage to the paintings. The restorers will correct provisional repairs, fix cracks, and touch up the paint where necessary.
The restoration will be carried out with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation's Léon Courtin-Marcelle Bouché Fund. Restoration will begin in the second half of summer 2022.
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