Lecture 009.017

AN ATTEMPT TO HANDLE AND PRESENT OBJECTS FROM THE BAUHAUS ERA IN A NEW WAY – THE EXPOSURE OF THE ORIGINAL PAINT ON THE ‘TI3D‘ BY MARCEL BREUER
BY DELIA MÜLLER-WÜSTEN

The ti3 series of chairs designed by Marcel Breuer in 1923 was painted using a two-colour system. One colour was used for the frame, the other for the seat and back. When the chair arrived at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne it was painted completely in white. A detailed examination of the paint layers showed that the frame was originally painted grey and the seat and the back were painted white.
The conservation concept for the chair envisioned the removal of the overpaint. While the removal showed good results on the frame, the detachment on the seat and the back did not work out well. An optical comparison of the overpaint on the frame and the back showed great similarities between the layers. As there was no additional layer underneath, the idea of a renewed back and seat came up. Thus these two plywood boards were removed and underneath traces of a second and therefore previous nailing were discovered on the frame. Considering the non-originality of the back and the seat, the conservation concept had to be re-evaluated.

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