Biogene Schädigung von Kunstwerken

Katja Sterflinger
Conservation and Restoration, Conservation and Restoration
2020S, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S01604


Biogenic factors, together with physical-chemical factors, are among the most important mechanisms of damage and ageing of art and cultural assets. Particularly in depots, collections and archives, there is often extensive damage to objects. 

The lectures will introduce the most important groups of organisms involved in biogenic damage - bacteria, moulds, lichens and algae - with their essential characteristics (nutrition, ecology) in order to create a basic understanding of why and under which conditions these organisms occur on objects. Typical damage patterns on different materials (e.g. stone, painting, textiles) will be presented and discussed by means of case studies.  Measures for cleaning and preventive treatment are presented. Microbiological analysis methods are also presented and their possibilities and limitations are discussed.

The aspect of health hazards posed by micro-organisms, especially mould, which is essential for practice, will also be dealt with.

Examination Modalities

Written exam (approximately 30 min). However, the examination modalities will be announced depending on the development of COVID19 measures. In any case, the aim is that you can complete the course also in case of "remote-teaching".



In case of the extension of the COVID19 measures, the course will continue to be made available as a screen presentation. BASE ordner: Biogene Schädigung!

Key Words

Biogene Schädigung, Biodeterioration, Mikrobiologie, Schimmelpilze, Bakterien


20 March 2020, 09:00–11:15, "Vorlesung entfällt, daher bitte die Bildschirmpräsentation nutzen!"
24 April 2020, 09:00–11:15
08 May 2020, 09:00–11:15
29 May 2020, 09:00–11:15
26 June 2020, 09:00–10:45
26 June 2020, 10:45–11:15, "The examination modalities will be announced depending on the development of COVID19 measures." (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 16 April 2020, 15:29 to 23 April 2020, 00:00
Via online registration
via email:

co-registration: possible

Conservation and Restoration (2. Section): Präventive Konservierung

Individual courses: possible