Historic Jefferson Hall Murals Get Freshened Up

Two of the most prominent and important works in the East-West Center’s permanent art collection – the large murals in the stairways of Jefferson Hall by the internationally renowned artists Jean Charlot and Affandi – received an expert sprucing up this month, thanks to a visiting team from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware graduate program in art conservation.

At the beginning of January, a teacher from the Delaware program, Brian Baade, and two graduate students, Lauren Fair and Laura Kubick, spent a week repairing damage that had accumulated on the two frescoes in the more than 40 years since they were painted, including chips, scrapes and stains.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the conservation project.

While neither of the pieces was in any great danger structurally, according to Baade, EWC Gallery Curator Michael Schuster felt it was important to take care of any issues long before they became a problem.

“These are two of the most important pieces in our collection, by two very significant artists