CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF THE AUDITORIUM CEILING IN THE OLD SHOOTING GALLERY "EĐŠEG" IN NOVI SAD

The old shooting gallery was built in 1890 and designed by Georg Molnar to celebrate the centenary of the Novi Sad Shooting Association, the oldest civic organizations in Novi Sad. The name "Eđšeg" was obtained after the Second World War because it was the seat of the Sports Club "Unity", Egység in Hungarian. The building was declared a cultural monument in 2007. The area of the complex is about 435 m2 and consists of a large central and two side halls. The building is designed and decorated in the style of historicism, and the large reception hall is richly decorated with painted plaster molding compositions.

REPORT ON THE WORKS EXECUTED

Conservation and restoration work was performed by a team of painting conservators composed of Zoran Barišić, Miroslav Nonin, Mario Vuknić and freelancers Bojan Stanković and Ljubomir Veselinović from the 15 December 2011 to the 15 March 2012. The complex work of rebuilding the ceiling can be divided into groups: general works, painting, decorative painting and gypsum plastics.

GENERAL WORKS

The condition of the ceiling was such that, before any specialist conservation work, general repairs had to be carried out (replacing bad boards, consolidation of unstable parts under the plaster, replacing certain parts of the mortar that had completely lost their binding properties due to the effects of moisture and grime, and the installation of a protective net hidden beneath the new layer of plaster).

PAINTING

Original paintings were first fixed, then the connection with the substrate consolidated and finally retouched.

GYPSUM PLASTICS

The connection of all plaster elements to their holder was additionally reinforced with screws and polyurethane foam. Damage was retouched with plaster glue and coated in accordance with the findings of the research of the original condition.

DECORATIVE PAINTING

After the application of net and washers, decoration was restored according to samples taken of the original.