The IOF researches in analog and digital wall painting and reproduction techniques and new materials for wall decorations. It also is employed in collecting and restoring historic photograph images of the world´s mural art heritage and the development of new applications and materials.
Building a central mural online archive
Together with other institutions, editors and collectors we are working on a central online archive of images of mural and ornamental wall art which allows unrestricted and free-of-cost public access. We also restore and preserve historical photos that have been distressed or deteriorated of murals that were once photographed and have since been destroyed.
Exhibitions / Publications
To further the public knowledge about mural art we are organizing and participating in related exhibitions and experimenting with new holographic and virtual reality techniques to display mural art in its architectural and sociologic surrounding.
Our restoration department researches in in the restoration of fresco, secco, oil, and acrylic based murals on plaster, canvas and paper supports. Due to our engagement in the development of the Frescography technology, we have a sound experience especially in the restoration of historic wallpapers such as the Papier Paints of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Advanced Wall ART Display Techniques
The IOF is steadily researching into new applications of wall paintings such as analog (multi-layer) and digital holographic techniques to bring the illusionistic effect of the classic Trompe l´oeil painting to a new level. We are also experimenting with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) which can be used as highly flexible wall coverings to change the appearance of walls and buildings with a touch of a button.