WUR Library


Restoring a painting on location

January 31, 2023

We're excited to announce that we've successfully restored a painting from the Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group in Axis. A perfect example of our mission to preserve WUR's cultural & academic heritage for future generations.

Jerry Keizer

The painting by Dutch painter Jerry Keizer is entitled XXVIII and was bought in 2003 by the Science Group Agrotechnology and Food Sciences. It is a monumental, black-and-white, abstract painting. Keizer (1938-2016) was a Dutch Postwar & Contemporary painter. He often worked with black and white paint. Most of his works are heavily textural because they are composed of multiple layers. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam owns a number of Keizer's works.

Restorer Han Boersma in action

The Library's Special Collections commissioned painting restorer Han Boersma, to bring the impressive painting back to its former glory. Because of its size (1.80 m x 1.80 m) and fragility, the restoration took place in the quiet stacks of the Forum Library.

The painting was in bad shape. It had 13 seriously damaged spots, all of which have now been consolidated and stabilized. Small tears were stitched and gaps were filled. When the restoration is finished, the painting will be moved back to the Axis building on Wageningen Campus.

WUR art

Wageningen University & Research has always been interested in and committed to visual arts. WUR has an art collection of over 550 artworks spread over its buildings and 40 sculptures on campus. Many of the works relate to the WUR's research domains.

The Library's Special Collections, supported by the Art and Heritage committee, is responsible for restoring and conserving WUR's artworks.

Contact & opening hours

Would you like to know more about the art collection of WUR? Please send your questions to speccoll.library@wur.nl.

Special Collections is open to visitors from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm. If you would like to visit the collection in the afternoon or with a group, please send an e-mail to speccoll.library@wur.nl.


Special Collections Reading Room, WUR Library, Wageningen University & Research, Forum building 102, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6706 KN Wageningen. Please use the main entrance to the Library on the 2nd floor of the building.