Team

Responding to the hybrid nature of contemporary art, the Nicolas Lemmens Studio has developed a unique multidisciplinary approach, only made possible by the cross-fertilization of the different backgrounds and skills within the team. This availability of diverse expertise allows our Studio to undertake complex projects which others would find impossible to accept. We are proud to introduce to you one of the most qualified teams working in conservation of contemporary art today :
  • Nicolas Lemmens Directeur

    Nicolas Lemmens

    Director

    After receiving his diploma in painting conservation at the University of Barcelona | UAB (Spain), Nicolas specialized in modern and ...

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  • Fanny Mélin Chef d'Atelier

    Fanny Mélin

    Studio Manager

    Fanny studied painting conservation at IFAPME (Belgium). She acquired her work experience within private conservation studios such as Conservart ...

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  • Francesca Schneider Condition Report

    Francesca Schneider

    Head of Preventive conservation

    After her MA graduation in Painting Conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden | HfBK Dresden (Germany), Francesca worked for different federal ...

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  • Aurélie Compère Restauratrice Matières Plastiques

    Aurélie Compère

    Plastics Conservator

    Aurélie holds a Master’s in contemporary art conservation from ESA | Saint-Luc Liège (Belgium). She specializes in plastics and glass. During her ...

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  • Valerie Sizaire Restauratrice Papier

    Valérie Sizaire

    Paper Conservator

    A graduate of ENSAV | La Cambre in paper conservation, Valérie supplemented her training by internships in the restoration studios in European ...

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  • Sophie Couret Donders Restauratrice Textile

    Sophie Couret Donders

    Textile Conservator

    Trained in conservation and restoration (École de Condé, Lyon), with a master’s degree in the management, assessment and enhancement of works of art ...

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  • Fadila Ferdjioui Conservation Préventive

    Fadila Ferdjioui

    Preventive conservation

    After graduating in conservation-restoration of paintings at ENSAV | La Cambre (Belgium), she gained professional experience working ...

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  • Isabelle Pirotte Restauratrice Verre Ceramique

    Isabelle Pirotte

    Ceramics Conservator

    Isabelle graduated in glass and ceramics conservation-restoration at ESA | Saint-Luc Liège (Belgium). She acquired her experience by working ...

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  • Margot Frezzotti Restauratrice Verre Ceramique

    Margot Frezzotti

    Ceramics Conservator

    Margot was awarded her M.A. in conservation-restoration at ESA | Saint-Luc Liège (Belgium). Her speciality is the restoration of ceramics and ...

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  • Annie Thomasset Restauratrice Photographies

    Annie Thomasset

    Photography Conservator

    Annie is a graduate in photographic conservation from the IFROA | Institute of Training of Conservators of Works of Art – Paris (France) ...

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  • Inge Van Den Boogaart Assistante

    Inge Van Den Boogaart

    Assistante

    Having trained at the IFAPME (Belgium) on the restoration of easel-mounted paintings, Inge studied art at St-Luc Brussels and has been immersed in the ...

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  • Cecile Flamand Assistante Administrative

    Cécile Flamand

    Accounting officer

    After graduating in Management Secretariat studies and subsequent training in business management at Solvay PME in Brussels, Cécile Flamand ...

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Nicolas Lemmens Directeur

Nicolas Lemmens

Director

After receiving his diploma in painting conservation at the University of Barcelona | UAB (Spain), Nicolas specialized in modern and contemporary art conservation.

He began his career as a conservator in 1989 at the Studio Jesús Marull in Barcelona. He then participated in the creation of the conservation departments of IVAM | Institute Valencià of Modern Art and of the Foundation Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona.
In 1997 he opened his own practice in Brussels, the first conservation studio specializing in contemporary art in Belgium. From 1997 until 2000, he worked as a conservator for the Musée d’Art Moderne de Belgique.

Today, Nicolas also regularly intervenes in the establishment of condition reports before acquisition of artworks for renowned private collections.

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Fanny Mélin Chef d'Atelier

Fanny Mélin

Studio Manager / Painting Conservator

Fanny studied painting conservation at IFAPME (Belgium). She acquired her work experience within private conservation studios such as Conservart before entering the Nicolas Lemmens Studio in 2008. She wrote her Master’s thesis on problems met by conservators facing ephemeral materials in modern and contemporary art.

She established her research across a case study of an artwork made of chocolate by the artist Kelley Walker that led to a protocol of interventions, which she is still developing even today. For 3 years now, she has been conducting research into the reintegration of tinted polyester resins in the works of Alina Szapocznikow.

Collaboration with the artists, a multidisciplinary approach and many challenges met in contemporary art are so many arguments that allow her to feel that this specialization is one which is in constant mutation.

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Francesca Schneider Condition Report

Francesca Schneider

Head of Preventive conservation / Painting Conservator

After her MA graduation in Painting Conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden | HfBK Dresden (Germany), Francesca worked for different federal institutions, such as the Nationalgalerie Berlin | Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage (Germany) and KIK-IRPA | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, and private institutions such as BOZAR | Centre for Fine Arts Brussels and SRAL | Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg.

Because of her work in museums, she takes a great interest in preventive conservation.
 Evaluation of conservation and exhibition conditions, protection, storage, transport, specific packing, … there are many challenges to meet in contemporary art.

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Aurélie Compère Restauratrice Matières Plastiques

Aurélie Compère

Plastics Conservator / glass conservator

Aurélie holds a Master’s in contemporary art conservation from ESA | Saint-Luc Liège (Belgium). She specializes in plastics and glass. During her studies, she analyzed the parallels between glass and PMMA (Plexiglas) restoration techniques. She wrote her Master’s thesis and several papers on PMMA adhesive bonding issues, based on a case study of the works of Martha Boto.

Aurélie has worked for both public and private institutions, including C2RMF, insurance companies, and private collectors in France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Since 2015, she’s been leading a workshop on polymer conservation and restoration at ESA | Saint-Luc Liège.

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Valerie Sizaire Restauratrice Papier

Valérie Sizaire

Paper Conservator

A graduate of ENSAV | La Cambre in paper conservation, Valérie supplemented her training by internships in the restoration studios in European museums (including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the British Museum in London).

For several years, she collaborated in research projects with the laboratory at the KIKIRPA | Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage.

She has been working since 1997 in Belgium and France for institutions, museums, FRAC | Regional Foundation for Contemporary Art. She specialises in graphic art, objects made of paper, cardboard and papier mâché.

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Sophie Couret Donders Restauratrice Textile

Sophie Couret Donders

Textile Conservator

Trained in conservation and restoration (École de Condé, Lyon) and with a master’s degree in the management, assessment and enhancement of works of art (IESA Paris, Université Paul Verlaine, Metz), Sophie has specialised in the conservation and preventive conservation of textile works, as well as works in the area of fashion and costumes.

Sophie has taken part in specialised seminars and collaborates regularly with fashion historians and exhibition curators.

After internships in Paris museums and fashion houses (Musée de la Mode et du Textile – Les Arts Décoratifs, Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, maison Paco Rabanne), Sophie took up the position of senior assistant in conservation and preventive textile conservation at the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris.

In Brussels, Sophie worked at the Charles Riva private contemporary art collection, something which allowed her to set up assessment and enhancement projects.
Her interest focuses on the management of textile collections and solutions to be provided to professional art experts as well as private individuals interested in the subject. Subjects covered are: examination of works, inventory, storage and transport conditions, organising exhibitions, mannequin dressing.

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Fadila Ferdjioui Conservation Préventive

Fadila Ferdjioui

Preventive conservation / Painting Conservator

After graduating in conservation-restoration of paintings at ENSAV | La Cambre (Belgium), she gained professional experience working first in private studios and then in the area of public and government Collections where she held the position of consultant restorer from 2002 to 2016. During that period, she specialised in the management of collections, focusing particularly on preventive conservation. She developed and created several conservation and assistance protocols for museums. Fadila also specialised in examining works which included the analysis of risks when handling, transporting, storing and displaying works of art.

Her experience in the field of public Collections has given her the opportunity not only to mix and work with many contemporary artists for the purpose of exchanging ideas and advice on conservation but also to take part in setting up numerous exhibitions in Belgium and abroad.

She has also trained and advised museum staff on preserving their works better.

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Isabelle Pirotte Restauratrice Verre Ceramique

Isabelle Pirotte

Ceramics Conservator

Isabelle graduated in glass and ceramics conservation-restoration at ESA | Saint-Luc Liège (Belgium). She acquired her experience by working with professionals in Belgium, England and Ireland.

Her dissertation was on a subject which has thrilled and inspired her ever since: the conservation and restoration of glass models of marine invertebrates by Léopold and Rudolf Blaschka. She has worked on the permanent collections of the Natural History Museum of Geneva and the Museum of Zoology of the University of Liège, in collaboration notably with the IRPA (Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage) and the photographer Guido Mocafico.

She taught for 4 years at the Saint-Luc ESA in Liège, management courses, courses on studio work on ceramics conservation-restoration and technical and technology courses on glass material. She is offering to put at the service of contemporary creation her skills in conservation-restoration of porcelain, faience, stoneware, terracotta and all forms of ceramic pastes.

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Margot Frezzotti Restauratrice Verre Ceramique

Margot Frezzotti

Ceramics Conservator / metal

Margot was awarded her M.A. in conservation-restoration at ESA | Saint-Luc Liège (Belgium). Her speciality is the restoration of ceramics and glass. Her dissertation was on closing the gap in missing links connected with a vase designed by Legras and on which the decoration is inserted between two layers of transparent glass, the aim being reintegration, reproducing the original technique by means of a touch-up inserted into a resin weight.

Since 2016, she has been working with Isabelle Pirotte in a studio specialising in the conservation-restoration of works of art, something which has elicited a permanently enriching experience in her.
The practice of sculpture and carving allows her to make her contribution towards the conservation and/or restoration of works in terracotta, faience, stoneware, porcelain, etc…

She is currently undertaking a new apprenticeship on the techniques of restoring metal, particularly in monumental sculpture.

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Annie Thomasset Restauratrice Photographies

Annie Thomasset

Photography Conservator

Annie is a graduate in photographic conservation from the IFROA | Institute of Training of Conservators of Works of Art – Paris (France).

After working as a photographer at the C2RMF | Centre of Research and Conservation of the Museums of France at the Louvre in Paris, Annie devotes herself to the conservation of photographs.

Since 1994, she has been working in France and Belgium for contemporary art museums (including the Musée d’Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne, the Abattoirs in Toulouse, the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux, Musée Nicéphore-Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône), several FRACs, the FNAC | National Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, the MEP | European House of Photography and private collections.

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Inge Van Den Boogaart Assistante

Inge Van Den Boogaart

Assistante

Having trained at the IFAPME (Belgium) on the restoration of easel-mounted paintings, Inge studied art at St-Luc Brussels and has been immersed in the artistic community for several years.

She worked for 6 years in the Pierre Bergé et Associés public auction room in Brussels.

She is starting her final year of studies and joining the team at the Nicolas Lemmens Studio.

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Cecile Flamand Assistante Administrative

Cécile Flamand

Accounting officer

After graduating in Management Secretariat studies and subsequent training in business management at Solvay PME in Brussels, Cécile Flamand has gained her experience in the cultural and artistic world she has been working in since 2005.

For a period of over 7 years, Cécile was in charge of administration and production at the dance company of the dancer and choreographer Claudio Bernardo.

In October 2016, she joined the Studio Nicolas Lemmens team.

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