Doerner Institut


At the heart of the work undertaken by the e today is the care of the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, whose collections range from fourteenth-century to contemporary art. A further emphasis of our work is technical research and the analysis of historical painting methods and materials as well as the development of physical and chemical methods for examining art objects. The institute is also responsible for preventive conservation related to the museum buildings. Through its combination of practical restoration, day-to-day conservation treatments and internationally recognised scientific research, the Doerner Institut makes an important contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage.

Information on current and past projects can be found on the website of the Doerner Institut. 


Tempera painting between 1800 and 1950

International Conference
Munich, 15--17 March 2018
sponsored by VolkswagenStiftung

We announce the conference 'Tempera painting between 1800 and 1950. Experiments and innovations from the Nazarene movement to abstract art' which will take place from 15–17 March 2018 at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The conference will offer a vivid platform to explore the revival of tempera painting between 1800 and 1950 from the perspectives of art history, technical art history, conservation and sciencific analysis.

The conference was initiated by the ‘Tempera Group’. Several parallel research projects at different institutions with varying, interdisciplinary approaches to the subject ‘tempera painting around 1900’ were under way when in 2010 Karoline Beltinger (Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, SIK-ISEA, Zurich) and Dr. Jilleen Nadolny (Art Analysis and Research, London) convened an informal international working group. The objective was to stimulate knowledge exchange between individual researchers. Between 2010 and 2013, the ‘Tempera Group’ gathered for four informal meetings of around 20 researchers, working in the fields of art conservation, art history, science and technical art history. As a preliminary result of this constructive exchange, a book comprising articles by the individual group members was published in September 2016. With our conference we want to make the profound knowledge of the ‘Tempera Group’ accessible to the broad professional public, open up a dialogue with other researchers and widen the scope of examination.

In the 19th century, the defining feature of tempera paints was their water-miscibility – a characteristic that clearly separated them from oil paints. In the first half of the 20th century, this use of the term was extended by some scholars and artists to every mixture of aqueous and non-aqueous binding media.

Please find further information about the programme and the registration on the website of the Doerner Institut.

News - Dr. Andrea Funck

Since 1st October 2017, Dr. Andrea Funck is new director of the Doerner Institut.


The Doerner Institut was founded in 1937 in Munich as an independent ‘Reichsinstitut für Maltechnik’ (Reich Institute of Painting Techniques). Its present name comes from the painter and art analyst Max Doerner (1870–1939), professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, who garnered international acclaim for his work The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting, first published in German in 1921. The institute, its laboratory, and its technical research department, which also carried out restoration work, became affiliated with the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in 1946. The conservation and restoration departments of the Doerner Institut and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen were fully merged in 1977. 


The Doerner Institut has published numerous works over the past decades which are part of the standard body of literature on conservation-restoration, the use of technology to analyse artworks, and conservation science.

A complete list of all publications and further information on the institute’s history and projects can be found on the website of the Doerner Institut. 


Doerner Institut
Barer Straße 29
D 80799 München

Sekretariat: Frau Ruth Krauß
T +49 89 23805-155
F +49 89 23805-156