The task of the conserver-restorers of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts is to protect the Asian material heritage to be found in the various collections. Our experienced public collection restorers with university degrees or higher education qualifications carry out the preservation, conservation and restoration of artefacts. Having completed arts, technical, methodological and scientific training courses, they plan and implement the examination of artefacts, determine any justified intervention, and make a summary of these in restoration documentation. The highly responsible job of restoring artefacts made with various Oriental techniques requires high ethical standards, special tools, materials and knowledge of specialist literature. Invaluable works of art can be preserved for future generations thanks to the planning and development of the preventive protection of artworks, which forms part of the activity of restorers, as well as by the continuous curating of the collections.
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Within the framework of a research cooperation project the Museum of Ethnography and the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts will research the artefacts collected by János Xántus, who participated in a 1869-70 expedition to East Asia.
The Museum of Ethnography has been collecting, archiving, protecting, researching and mediating the traditional and modern cultural artefacts of Hungary, Europe and communities outside Europe since 1872. The foundation of the institution is linked to the collection built by János Xántus based on the afore-mentioned Austro-Hungarian expedition to East Asia.
Since its foundation in 1919 the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, the leading institution in Hungary mediating Asiatic arts and cultures, has also curated the rest of the material collected by János Xántus in the Far East.
The research project is aimed at the joint scientific exploration of the Xántus East Asian collections preserved in the two museums. As the Xántus collection was the first collection in Hungary that documented East Asian cultures, its research is a scientific and cultural mission of prime importance for both museums.