Wassily has been working as a museum restorer for more than fourteen years now, and more recently as a self-employed restorer.
Three days a week he works at National Museum ‘Palace Het Loo’ in Apeldoorn, where he established the painting restoration studio in 2007. There he is currently restoring the Palace’s collection as well as the objects that are on loan there from other Dutch museums. Thus most of his employers are museums.
At the Palace he works together with the restorers of wood, textiles and metals. Through the co-operation with these disciplines, combined objects and collections can be treated successfully.
Besides working for museums, Wassily also works for private collections belonging to individuals and collectors. The treatment of these objects is exactly the same as for museum objects, Wassily does not discriminate between the two. Every object is unique and is treated according to the ethical norms as set by the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Organisations (E.C.C.O.) http://www.ecco-eu.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ECCO_professional_guidelines_II.pdf
Dr. Zoran Kwak (Ph.D. University of Amsterdam 2014) works as a researcher, art consultant and lecturer at Mercury Institute of Fine Arts in Leiden. In 2014 he was awarded a doctorate in Art History (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation on Northern Netherlandish painted kitchen scenes of the Golden Age. He has worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI) in Florence, Leiden University, the University of Amsterdam and HOVO Nederland. He specializes in early modern painting of the Low Countries, with a special inclination for still Lifes, Landscapes, History and Genre Paintings of the Golden Age and the artistic exchange between the Netherlands and Italy. Subjects of his lectures include Leiden Painting in the Golden Age and the Dutch and Flemish Artists in Rome from the 16th to the 18th Century. He works for private clients and for museum institutions such as the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
For his recent article ‘Taste making southerners and northern innovators. Artistic dialogue between painters of kitchen scenes in the Republic and the Southern Netherlands, ca. 1590-1630’, in: De Zeventiende Eeuw. Cultuur in de Nederlanden in Interdisciplinair perspectief, (themanummer: Art on the Move), 31, 1 (2015), pp. 211-239, click the following link: https://www.de-zeventiende-eeuw.nl/articles/10.18352/dze.10121/.
For his dissertation: ‘Proeft de kost en kauwtse met uw’oogen.’ Beeldtraditie, betekenis en functie van het Noord-Nederlandse keukentafereel (ca. 1590-1650), Proefschrift Universiteit van Amsterdam 2014, click the following link: http://dare.uva.nl/record/1/417337