Every year, TEFAF donates up to EUR 50,000 to one or two museum conservation projects, selected by an independent panel of international experts. The Fund's aim is both to support the restoration of particular art works and to boost awareness of the field of conservation science overall. Our goal is to encourage the sharing of knowledge between museum and also with the general public.

For this reason, each selected work must be on public view for at least two years after its restoration and each project has a video presence at the fair throughout the entire duration of TEFAF Maastricht and on the TEFAF website. 

Application 2018                                                                                                                                        

Any museum is eligible to apply for the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund, so long as one of its representatives visited the previous edition of the Fair. Museums can sumbit one project per year. The application procedure for 2018 is now closed.

2017 Winners                                                                                                                                      

The Executive Committe of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has awarded €54,000 to three projects conducted among the awardees with the third shared by joint recipients RKD, Stedelijk Museum, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and Gemeentemuseum. Each winning institute presented their respective projects at TEFAF Maastricht in March.

The Musée Rodin will use its share of the award for the restoration and reconstruction of Auguste Rodin’s Absolution, a works in sculpture and fabric that has never been exhibited publically.
Detroit Institute of Arts’ Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Titian, has been on continuous display since 1938 and has not been conserved in more than 75 years. The award money from TEFAF will go to physical and aesthetic improvements to the painting.
The final and smallest project is the conservation of the 1912 journal Der Blaue Reiter, edited by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Mark and acquired jointly by, all based in the Netherlands.

Musée Rodin - Auguste Rodin, Absolution

TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund winner 2017

Detroit Institute of Arts - Titian, Judith with the Head of Holofernes

TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund winner 2017

RKD - Der Blaue Reiter almanac (1912)

TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund winner 2017

The TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund was set up in 2012 to help museums and institutions worldwide restore and conserve works of art in their collections. It is one of a selection of initiatives run by the not-for-profit European Fine Art Foundation which demonstrates the Foundations ongoing dedication to supporting and protecting the arts. Museums and institutions that have attended TEFAF Maastricht are eligible to apply for the grants, which are awarded by an independent panel of experts.