Affandi Museum – A concept of restoration and climate adequate maintenance

Indonesia & Austria

Project Description

ASEA-UNINET proudly announces the award won by a collaboration project between two departments of the Vienna University of Technology (Ulrike Herbig, Gudrun Styhler-Aydin, Doris Grandits, Lukas Stampfer from the Institute of History of Art, Building Archeology and Restoration together with Ulrich Pont from the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology), the Danube University Krems (Patricia Engel from the European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration) and the Universitas Gadjah Mada (Ikaputra,  from the Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Yogyakarta). The aim of the project was to develop a concept of restoration and find a way of climate adequate maintenance of the Affandi Museum (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

The Affandi Museum Indonesia is a well known place for modern Indonesian art. Affandi was a very important artist and had a great influence on ideas about humanism, nationalism and democracy, making him a leading humanist figure. He contributed largerly through Expressionist paintings but also by incentives in architectual design. The museum that was established to display his artwork was also designed by Affandi himself. Importantly, through Affandi’s outstanding work Yogyakarta became the center for modern art in Indonesia.


The Affandi Museum encompasses different galleries of Affandi’s artwork (


The Affandi museum (outside) (

Unfortunately weather and climatic conditions had a deteriorating effect on the museum’s condition, thereby posing a critical threat to Indonsias’s contemporary cultural heritage. During a stay in Austria Kartika Affandi, Affindi’s daughter, got into contact with Austrian researchers – an initiative dialogue about the comprehensive restoration of the building began.

The collaboration between the different institutions aimed at achieving a sustainable restoration and generating a concept of maintenance for the Affandi museum. The project ranged from several stages and encompassed a documentation by images, measurements by hand, a deformation survey by 3D laser scanner and a research of the history of construction. Researchers from different fields have been collaborating, transferred the fundamentals of their integrative approach in form of a scientific publication and also presented the joint project during a conference in Vienna – thereby also winning a special price.


Affandi himself (


Science slam winners Doris Grandit and Lukas Stampfer (

Every year the Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) is taking place in the city hall of Vienna, every time focusing on a different topic. The 21st CHNT, this year’s programme, dealt with Urban Archeology and Data. It was held between November 16-18, 2016.

A speciality was the Science Slam which was held for the first time at the CHNT and won by two researchers from the ASEA-UNINET supported Affandi museum project. They enthused the jury with their artistic performance demonstrating their project on the Museum Affandi. We warmly congratulate Doris Grandits and Lukas Stampfer to their great performance!

Further impressions:

Project Members:

Ulrike Herbig, Gudrun Styhler-Aydin, Doris Grandits, Lukas Stampfer
Institute of History of Art, Building Archeology and Restoration
Vienna University of Technology, Austria,,,

Urlich Pont
Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology
Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Patricia Engel
European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration
Department for Building and Environment, Center for Cultural Property Protection
Danube University Krems, Austria

Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering
Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Project Details

  • Date März 8, 2017
  • Tags Architecture, Restoration
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