Andrea Sartorius is a conservator for paintings and contemporary art with a strong museums background.
In 2007, she received her M.A. in paintings conservation from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden, Germany. Currently, she lives in Tokyo, Japan, from where she works as a research associate for the Cologne Institute of Conservation Science (CICS) as well as in private practice. From 2009 till 2016, Andrea Sartorius was the conservator on staff at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, a leading contemporary art museum in Northern Germany. Formerly, she has held prestigious post-graduate internships at the paintings conservation departments of such renowned institutions as the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge in England and The J. Paul Getty Museum in the USA.
At the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Andrea Sartorius led the development and implementation of conservation strategies for the museums collection, overseeing projects independently and in conjunction with freelance conservators and interns. In addition, she managed all conservation issues associated with incoming and outgoing loans, organized temporary exhibitions and coordinated with artists, galleries and lenders.
In 2014, Andrea Sartorius was awarded a three-month training fellowship at the conservation company Bek & Frohnert LLC, in New York City. She worked on conservation theory and practice on technology-based artworks, and developed a conservation strategy in regards to the preservation of the time-based media collection of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.
Andrea Sartorius is strongly involved in numerous conservation networks. In 2014, she was elected to chair the working group "Modern Art and Cultural Heritage" at the German Association of Conservators-Restorers (VDR), after having served as a deputy chair from 2012 to 2014. Within her appointment, Andrea Sartorius initiated and co-organized various one- and two-day courses for professionals focusing on diverse subjects such as tear mending on canvas paintings, the production and documentation of neon light bulbs as well as on bonding contemporary materials such as plastics and foams. Andrea Sartorius was instrumental as a member of the planning committee and host of the international symposium "Collecting and Conserving Performance Art" at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, June 9-11, 2016. At the International Committee of Museums (ICOM-CC), she has assisted in coordinating the working group Modern Materials and Contemporary Art (MMCA), from 2014 - 2017. In addition, from 2011-2014 she was an assistant co-ordinator of the Paintings Working Group and editor of the Group's newsletter.