Team

Responding to the hybrid nature of contemporary art, the Lemmens Art Conservation 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 | UB (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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  • Stéphane de Bruyn

    Art & Collector Care

    His mission consists of attentively providing assistance to collectors and professionals in order to increasingly personalise their relationship with ...

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  • Gaël Diercxsens

    Gaël Diercxsens

    Collection Audit & Solutions

    In 1988 Gaël started an apprenticeship and worked in the leading furniture and objects studio Adragante in Brussels for 5 years. She then opened her o ...

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  • Isabel Fernandez Villa

    Isabel Fernández Villa

    Painting conservator

    Isabel graduated in the conservation and restoration of works of art at the Estudios de Restauración de Obras de Arte (CEROA) in Madrid (Spain) and gr ...

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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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  • Annie Gilbert

    Annie Gilbert

    Restorer of Metal Sculptures

    Annie is a fine arts graduate from the Laval University in Quebec as well as of the ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels, having studied the conservation-resto ...

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  • Coralie Llucia How-choong

    Coralie Llucia-How-Choong

    Sculpture conservator

    Coralie graduated in sculpture conservation at City and Guilds London Art School, United Kingdom. Her specialities are the treatment of 3D objects of ...

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  • Marina Ronconi

    Marina Ronconi

    Paper and Photography conservator

    Marina obtained her first Bachelor's Degree in Painting Restoration at the Fine Art Academy of Venice with a final dissertation about tape conservatio ...

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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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  • Laura Swaluë

    Painting Conservator

    A Bachelor’s degree graduate in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Université catholique de Louvain, and with a Master’s degree in Fine Art C ...

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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

    Painting and sculpture conservator

    Inge graduated in easel painting restoration at IFAPME (Belgium). She studied art at Saint-Luc Bruxelles and has been deeply involved in the world of ...

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Nicolas Lemmens Directeur

Nicolas Lemmens

Director

After receiving his diploma in painting conservation at the University of Barcelona | UB (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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Stéphane de Bruyn

Art & Collector Care / Solution Finder

Having graduated in Business & Administration (MBA) from Monaco, Stéphane has for over 20 years been putting his creativity and sense of detail at the service of a high-end clientele for personalised events, from Monaco to Saint Tropez. As a Director of the JustUnlimited company, he had the pleasure of developing a real bond with his clients, whilst enhancing the most professional service providers of the Côte d’Azur. In order to become more involved with his passion for modern and contemporary art, Stéphane then decided to return with his family to Brussels, his home town. Particularly interested by the question of the conservation as much as the passing down of works of art, he decided to join the Nicolas Lemmens Studio team, with whom he shares the same values: passion, professionalism and confidentiality. His mission consists of attentively providing assistance to collectors and professionals in order to increasingly personalise their relationship with the various Nicolas Lemmens Studio specialists, and the follow-up support provided for their restoration activities.

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Gaël Diercxsens

Gaël Diercxsens

Collection Audit & Solutions

In 1988 Gaël started an apprenticeship and worked in the leading furniture and objects studio Adragante in Brussels for 5 years. She then opened her own conservation studio working for private clients and professionals.

In 1998 Gaël, driven by her passion, moved towards the contemporary art sector as a director of various galleries. After the Dorothée De Pauw Gallery and the Baronian-Francey Gallery she worked for 5 years as Barbara Gladstone’s European Director and remains today an adviser to the gallery. She worked in close relationship with major international artists, curators, museums, institutions, foundations and collectors to build artists’ careers. These professional relationships are ongoing.

In 2014 she started managing contemporary art collections. Artworks necessitate a certain responsibility, and Gaël supervises every aspect of taking care of a collection, from inventory and documentation to shipping, insurance, storage, framing, installation and conservation. Gaël also manages museum and institutional loans.
Her deep knowledge of modern and contemporary art and her experience in both conservation and exhibition organisation makes Gaël the perfect curator of private displays. Gaël sits on the board of the Museum Mayer van den Bergh and the Walter & Nicole Leblanc Foundation.

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Isabel Fernandez Villa

Isabel Fernández Villa

Painting conservator

Isabel graduated in the conservation and restoration of works of art at the Estudios de Restauración de Obras de Arte (CEROA) in Madrid (Spain) and graduated in Art History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has specialised in the conservation of painting on various media (canvas, wood, copper and mural).

Over a period of several years, she worked in her “Recuper Arte” studio in Madrid for private clients, foundations (Fundación de Arte Coca-Cola), art galleries and auction houses (Castellana Subastas, Subastas Goya). Among her works, what is particularly noticeable is the influence of paintings by Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Maurice Utrillo and Spanish artists like Oscar Domínguez, Joaquim Sunyer, Antoni Clavé, Luis Feito or Antonio Saura.

She has also gained experience by working in national public museums in Spain, such as the Museo Naval de Madrid or the Museo del Ejército.

Passionate from the very outset about art and conservation and after working jointly with certain art galleries in Brussels (Dvir Gallery, E²/Sterput), she joined the Nicolas Lemmens team in March 2019.

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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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Annie Gilbert

Annie Gilbert

Restorer of Metal Sculptures

Annie is a fine arts graduate from the Laval University in Quebec as well as of the ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels, having studied the conservation-restoration of ceramics and glass. Throughout the period of her training she developed great versatility in dealing with works constructed from various materials, in particular in carrying out the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects at both the Congo National Museums Institute in Kinshasa and the Quebec Conservation Centre. It was moreover during a work placement programme in Quebec that she discovered a particular interest in the restoration of outdoor metal sculptures.

She subsequently specialised in this area with private restorers in France. This provided the opportunity to come to grips with several recurrent problems in the conservation of this type of heritage, such as maintenance, transportation, patinas, reconstitution, working with foundries and the mounting of works on bases. As of now she is involved with questions which fascinate her in continuing her work at the Nicolas Lemmens restoration company, as well as at the Quebec Conservation Centre.

In her professional practice at the Nicolas Lemmens Studio, she wishes to mesh together the different approaches to conservation implemented in Quebec and in Europe, in order to develop her expertise at the service of conservation of contemporary metal sculptures.

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Coralie Llucia How-choong

Coralie Llucia-How-Choong

Sculpture conservator

Coralie graduated in sculpture conservation at City and Guilds London Art School, United Kingdom. Her specialities are the treatment of 3D objects of any scale made of wood, stone, plaster and recomposite stone materials.

During her studies she gained experience working in London at The London Museum, Westminster Abbey and abroad at the Abbey San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy. She then worked privately for London based conservation studios such as Carvers and Guilders ltd where she worked on important gilded pieces from the Royal Collection and DBR ltd working on the conservation of major listed building. Along side she took on ancien and modern art conservation projects for various collectors based in UK, Belgium and France.

Coralie puts her skills at the service of Modern Art by integrating the team at Nicolas Lemmens Studio.

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Marina Ronconi

Marina Ronconi

Paper and Photography conservator

Marina obtained her first Bachelor’s Degree in Painting Restoration at the Fine Art Academy of Venice with a final dissertation about tape conservation. In 2012, thanks to the Erasmus Program, she studied at Universitat Politècnica de València for one year, where she started to get close to the paper and photography’s restoration world; after this experience, she decided to deepen these subjects in a five years Master’s Degree in Restoration of the Cultural Heritage at the Fine Art Academy of Bologna.

In 2018 she graduated with a final dissertation about big sized cinematographic poster’s restoration and mounting; right after, this work was also converted into an official publication. The work has been accompanied by a research on an innovative lining method that avoids the use of humidity, heat and pressure. This method, already used for smaller pieces, was successful on oversized artworks as well.

During her studies, Marina attended workshops, seminaries and internships. Special mentions go to the internship at ICCROM, that included the SOIMA course in Accra, Ghana, about the conservation of audio- visual material, and a working collaboration at IRP – Instituto Universitario de Restauración del Patrimonio, Valencia. Very interesting also, it was the internship at National Library in Florence, where Marina restored the flooded books related to the 1966 flood in Florence.

Finally, in 2019 she started her collaboration with the Nicolas Lemmens Studio satisfying her passion for contemporary art, working with a multidisciplinary and high skilled team.

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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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Laura Swaluë

Painting Conservator

A Bachelor’s degree graduate in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Université catholique de Louvain, and with a Master’s degree in Fine Art Conservation and Restoration from the La Cambre ENSAV, Laura specialises in the restoration and conservation of painted works. Over the course of her studies she was able to complete several restoration work experience courses abroad (Syria, Egypt and Italy), in particular in partnership with the CReA-Patrimoine research institute, attached to the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Her final year dissertation was dedicated to the restoration and preservation of a collection of works painted by the artist Géo de Vlaminck, which had been subjected to micro-organism attacks and proliferation.

She then went on to gain experience by working for six years in a greatly renowned private workshop in Brussels. At the same time she also worked for herself and in partnership with several restorers for private and public clients (public services, museums, galleries, auction rooms, collectors, etc.). She has also contributed to the work carried out on large scale sites such as the restoration of the panorama of the Battle of Waterloo, and the restoration of Folon’s monumental painting, Magic City, in the Montgomery underground station. In May 2019, she joined the Lemmens Art Conservation team, with whom she shares a passion for contemporary art and the restoration techniques closely connected to it.

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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

Painting and sculpture conservator

Inge graduated in easel painting restoration at IFAPME (Belgium). She studied art at Saint-Luc Bruxelles and has been deeply involved in the world of art for several years now. Inge has, in particular, worked for six years in the Pierre Bergé et Associés public auction rooms in Brussels. For several years now, Inge has specialised in the restoring of materialistic paintings. She is also in charge of the upkeep of outdoor sculptures.

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