The OBELISK Publishing House
The AHVT has settled the problems of further publishing
activity by participating in the renewal of the arts and
architecture publishing house – OBELISK, closed for political
reasons soon after 1969. The Archives of Historical Art
Technology made contact with the Union of Czech Artists,
the Institute for the Reconstruction of Historical Towns
and Buildings, the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and
the J. A Comenius Academy: the OBELISK Publishing Consortium
was founded on 6th May 1990. OBELISK uses the publishing
code of the Union of Czech Artists; TECHNOLOGIA ARTIS
1 was therefore actually the first publication of this
renewed publishing house, before it was formally founded.
The programme of OBELISK is to produce publications of
highest quality, with special attention to art technology;
transformation to a joint-stock company is planned
to include printing houses and foreign participants.
The Association of the AHVT
The Archives of Historical Art Technology came into being
gradually from 1988 as an independent interdepartmental
initiative in the course of preparation of the yearbook.
The composition of the first Council of the Archives was
confirmed by the Restorers' Commission of the former Union
of Czech Plastic Artists on 13. 11. 1989 and in the course
of time was supplemented by further members. The constitution
of the Council of the AHVT was preceded by negotiations
of an initiative-taking group of restorers on 29th May
1989 with the Art History Institute of the Czechoslovak
Academy of Sciences with which cooperation was agreed
and gradually realised in practice. A further agreement
was concluded on 20th February 1990 with the Rector of
the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Professor Milan Knížák
- on the locating of the Archives in the Academy and the
payment of the activity of the Archivist.
Further agreements are being prepared with the National
Gallery in Prague, the State Institute for the Care of
Historical Monuments, the Chemical-Technological University
and others. In January 1990 we also proposed that the
field of »Historical Art Technology« be represented in
the Scientific Collegium of the Czechoslovak Academy of
Sciences by Academic Painter Mojmír Hamsík and this proposal
was accepted by the Praesidium of the ČSAV on 18th April
The AHVT also supported in December 1990 the further development
and expansion of the activity of the European Culture
Club (at its Congress), an organisation established for
the creation of closer contact among countries and cultures
with the aim of preparing the way for a future united
Europe. Historical art technology is a field which
has an acute need for this concentration of European forces
and knowledge. Contacts were formed with the European
University Centre in Ravello (see further information)
and a number of further institutions whose programme
includes also historical art technology.
We associated and now legally associate by law for this
field through a special form of membership which
does not count on financial contributions but with a share
in real work devoted to this field. For this reason the
AHVT is not a professional (or departmental) organisation,
but a research and specialised organisation. The
individual professions are equal in the AHVT and their
representation in the Council of the AHVT is counted according
to the actual percentage composition of membership. At
the meeting of members of the AHVT on 11th April 1991,
which took place in the premises of the European Culture
Club (Prague 1, Malá Strana, Valdštejnská 14 – Pálffy
Palace), a new Council of the AHVT was elected:
ak. mal. Vlastimil BERGER, ak. mal. Josef
ak. mal. Mojmír HAMSÍK, PhDr Ivo
PhDr Luděk JIRÁSKO, PhDr Vojtěch
ak. soch. Petr KUTHAN, ak. mal. Jaromír
ak. mal. RNDr Milena NEČÁSKOVÁ,
prof. PhDr Jaromír NEUMANN,
ak. mal. Antonín NOVÁK, Dorotea
ak. mal. Zuzana POLÁKOVÁ, ak. mal. Petr
prof., ak. mal. Karel STRETTI, PhDr Miloš
RNDr Jindřich TOMEK, ak. mal. Jiří
ak. mal. Anna TŘEŠTÍKOVÁ, PhDr Jakub
As statutary representatives were elected Antonín NOVÁK
(Chairman), Petr Prokopec (Executive) and Josef Čoban
(Editor). Elected members of the Auditing Commission were
Acad. Sculptor Alena Nováková and Acad. Painter Alena
After thorough discussion of the text of the Statutes,
registered with the Czech Ministry of the Interior on
7. 11. 1990 under the file No. VSP/1-3093/90-R, several
partial changes and additions were approved. »Provisions
on Archive Materials» were adopted as an indivisible
part of these Statutes. Of the provisions adopted we consider
particularly important the membership of citizens of other
states, which might be the start of a wider international
association of research workers in our field.
On 13th April 1992 the following change was made
in statutary representatives of AHVT:
Věra Frömlová – Chairman,
Petr Prokopec – Executive,
Antonín Novák – Chief Editor.
Selected Statutes of AHVT
(3) The AHVT deals with the following activities:
– the concentration of materials documenting studies and
research work in the sphere of historical art technology,
specialized literature and other documentary materials
– making the above material accessible for professional
– the publication of a yearbook and possibly other
non-periodical printed matter in this field
(4) Eligible for membership of the AHVT are professional
restorers, art historians and natural scientists or experts
from other fields who are studying problems connected
with historical art technology... Citizens of other countries
may also become members.
(5) The supreme body of the AHVT is the members' meeting...
A plenary meeting is called by the Chairman at least once
in two years.
(6) The executive body of the AHVT is the Council of the
AHVT, elected by the meeting of members for a two-year
(8) The association is not a profit-making organisation...
The sources of financial funds of the AHVT are in particular:
– profits from publishing activity of members of the AHVT
which they donate to the yearbook
– profits from the sale of the yearbook
– grants awarded by the government, contributions from
individuals, trusts, gifts and bequests
(9) The members of the AHVT cooperate closely with the
Academy of Fine Ans in Prague and with the Institute for
An History of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and
also with other professional subjects interested, on the
basic of agreements on cooperation. Publishing activity
is realized through the Union of Czech Artists.
PROVISION ON ARCHIVE MATERIALS
(1) Original authors'contributions, donated by restorers
from the Czech and Slovak Republics and from abroad, also
by chemists, mineralogists, art historians and other experts
participating in the investiga tion, research and elaboration
of the history of art techniques. The deposition of authors'
contributions in the Archives is considered as publication
and is protected by copyright and by laws on the protection
and utilisation of archive materials, quoted in Article
11 of this Provision. The Archive Number allocated to
the author's contribution is also the number of the publication.
(2) The Book Fund is created
– by deposition of specialised literature from the libraries
of the Academy of Fine Arts, the Czechoslovak Academy
of Sciences and other institutions
– from the gifts of persons and institutions
– from methodical purchases
(3) Xerox copies, donated and made on the equipment of
the Academy of Fine Arts, and publicity material are also
considered part of the Book Fund.
(4) The AHVT also concentrates samples of materials useful
for the confrontation of research works and also for the
instruction of students in the restorers' school.
(5) The systematic card index of historical technological
recipes is built up within the framework of the research
programme of the AHVT in cooperation with the Institute
for An History of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
Students of the restorers' school of the Academy of Fine
Arts will also participate in building it up.
(6) The AHVT also concentrates bequests of restorers and
other research workers in this field.
(7) Protocols from laboratory analyses (chemistry, mineralogy,
biology, etc.) are considered as authors' contributions
according to Article 1. Also considered as authors' contributions
are restorers' reports containing a description of
the technique of the work restored or copies of laboratory
(8) Also considered as authors' contributions are students'
seminar and diploma works. They are archived under a special
number as a separate fund.
(11) The authors' contributions mentioned in Articles
1, 7 and 8 of this provision and materials of an archive
nature (Article 6) can be used only under the conditions
set down by the Law of the Czech National Council No.
97/174 Sb. on archives, the directives of the Ministry
of the Interior of the Czech Republic No. 7, 1975 on the
use of archive materials and by these Study Regulations.
(12) Materials subject to copyright (see Article 11) can
be published by a researcher only if he quotes the
source and he is also obliged to send the Archives one
copy of the work.
(14) The researcher may not use reproduction equipment,
typewriter or tape-recorder in the study room. The making
of photocopies on the equipment of the Academy of Fine
Arts is possible only in exceptional cases and only with
the permission of the author.
(15) Every author has the right to demand of the Keeper
of the Archives on handing over work a certificate
on which will be given the Archive Number, the tide of
the contribution, the number of pages and the number and
type of appendices. Contributions sent by post are registered
and the keeper of the Archives must send confirmation
of receipt by return of mail.
(16) Confirmation of receipt is issued also in the case
of xerox and other copies (separate prints) or in the
case of donation of books and other materials in order
to record the names of the donors. Bequests are handed
over on the basis of a protocol.
(19) The Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts guarantees
on behalf of himself and his deputies and representatives
the constant observance of all the archive and academic
regulations contained in this Provision.