3D printing techniques will be applied in the restoration of El Violinista

The violinist

Too long ago that anyone visiting the National Art Museum of Catalonia has not been able to appreciate a work like The violinist, a sculpture created by the magnificent Pablo Gargallo which had to be withdrawn from its exhibition in 2010 due to its great condition and deterioration problems. After all this time, finally and in the coming months it will be able to be exposed again after being restored using 3D printing techniques.

One of the problems that the sculpture suffered has a lot to do with corrosion as well as a severe deformation resulting from a fairly strong blow. Among the characteristics that make El Violinista unique, it is worth highlighting that It is the only work by Pablo Gargallo made of wood and lead. Sculpture that will now look like the first day thanks to a peculiar crowdfunding campaign where nothing less than 46.000 euros.

After six years without exporting, finally El Violinista will shine again

Regarding the contributions, it should be noted that at one point, the organization decided to install an urn in the lobby of the Museu Nacoional d'Art de Catalunya. In this urn everyone who has wanted has deposited the amount that seemed to him to be a correct contribution. After several months, a total of 255 people have contributed 80% of them being members of the Fundació Amics del Museo Nacional. The contributions have ranged from 10 to 7.000 euros.

Once the necessary capital for restoration has been obtained, it will be the Department of Preventive Conservation and Restoration of the MNACel the one in charge of restoring El Violinista to all its splendor. The works required for its restoration are very complex and will need to be carried out in three phases using modern methods such as scanning and digital 3D printing, numerical milling or treatment of the lead plates in a hydrogen plasma reactor.


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