Science and Research


Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts is a centre for basic scientific research, source documentation processing, critical evaluation and the reinterpretation of Czech fine art from 1945 to the present day, focusing on interdisciplinary overlaps. It complements the existing range of scientific research activities of the Institute of Art of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and art history departments at Czech universities, as well as other state and private galleries, museums and initiatives.


The Art Conservation Centre carries out comprehensive scientific research into restored works of art and uses laboratory equipment to determine their composition.


Academic Materials Research Laboratory of Painted Artworks (ALMA) is a joint workplace of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the AS CR established by the Contract of Association in 2004. The laboratory’s main focus lies in testing and implementation of non-invasive and non-destructive micro-analytical techniques and methodologies in the field of materials research of paintings. These methodologies, closely related to interdisciplinary research of historical painting techniques help in evaluation of works of art in terms of their originality, age and provenance. Consequently, experimental research of painting pigments is focused not only on the materials properties, but also on historical methods of preparation and processes of degradation in the colour layer.