Research fellow, Conservation Studies, IAKH.
Late medieval altarpieces in Norway - domestic, imported, or a mixed enterprise? An art technological study of Northern German and Norwegian altarpiece production in the period 1460-1530. Supervisors: Prof. Tine Frøysaker IAKH, UiO and Prof. Michele D. Marincola, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
The majority of the ca 175 late medieval objects in Norway have been attributed to Lübeck workshops, imported into the country with the Hanseatic League in the period 1350-1550. This PhD in conservation, under the project After the Black Death: painting and polychrome sculpture in Norway, 1350-1550, has its focus on tracing the provenances of five of these objects, namely the foldable altarpieces with a sculptured shrine and painted wings, housed at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo (Skjervøy, Bygland, Kvæfjord I, Kvæfjord II and Veien). In addition, the thesis discusses 25 similar medieval altarpieces in Norway, focusing on art technological aspects. Through technical analyses common to the conservation discipline, the research explores whether we may achieve a more nuanced impression of the altarpiece production in the regions around the Baltic Sea which exported art to Norway at the turn of the 16th C. The PhD research methodology and findings open up a discussion of the possibility of a local Norwegian workshop production, challenging the traditional art historical assumptions that Norway’s late medieval liturgical objects were all produced outside Scandinavia.
Higher education and employment history
2016 - 2017 Research fellow, Conservation Studies, UiO
2012 - 2016 PhD fellow, Conservation Studies, UiO
2010-2011 Paintings conservator, Munch museum
2008 Independent paintings conservator, Ebury street studio, London
2005-2007 Paintings conservator, part-time, Munch museum
2007-2008 Post-graduate diploma, Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge (http://www-hki.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/)
2005-2006 Masters Degree in Conservation of Paintings, University of Oslo (UiO)
2003-2004 Bachelors Degree in Art History, UiO
2002-2003 History of Art with Material Studies, University College London (UCL)
Kausland, K. 2016. "A fishy business: a late-medieval North German shrine attributed to Wilm Dedeke in Norway." Painting Techniques, History, Materials and Studio Practice, 5th international Symposium 18-20 September 2013, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: 70-78
Kausland, K. 2016. "Late Medieval Paintings in Norway - materials, techniques, origins." Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung, 30 (1): 47-66
Biljana Topalova-Casadiego, Kristin Kausland, Fredrik Jong, Lise Chantrier Aasen, Linn Kristin Solheim, 2011: Conservation of Edvard Munch's Paintings for relocation to a new building in Bjørvika. A Project in Progress at the Munch Museum. Post-print to NKF’s conference IIC Nordic Group - NKF's XIX International Conference, 2012 (upcoming)
Kausland 2006:Konservering av Aurora, en kopi etter Guido Reni, Master thesis in Conservation Studies, UiO, http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-18742
Five late medieval altarpieces at KHM - results from a PhD in conservation. IAKH annual research gathering, University Library, UiO, Feb 26, 2015.
Five late medieval altarpieces at the Cultural Museum in Oslo: import, local, or a mixed enterprise? Nordic Conservation PhD Colloquium, Copenhagen School of Conservation. Nov 24, 2014.
Notes from the field. Challenges for PhD research. “Archaeology of the Object - Project launch of After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway 1350-1550,” Oct 16, 2014.
Fishy Business? The Physical History of Late Medieval Altarpieces in Norway. Painting Techniques, History, Materials and Studio Practice, Conference Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Sep 15, 2013.
Late-medieval liturgical shrines from churches in the North: their physical build-up and a parallel to Västerås, 15th-16th Century Netherlandish, German and East Anglian workshop practices: patterns of local production, regional schools and foreign trade in religious art, PhD seminar, Frederiksgate 3, Aug 28, 2013.
Tracing the physical histories of late medieval altarpieces in Norway: art technological source research and the PhD in conservation. Nordic Conservation PhD Student Colloquium, Domus Nova, UiO, Nov 22, 2012.
Kunst-teknologisk kildeforskning og de fysiske historiene til senmiddelalderens alterskaper i Norge. Workshop: Gjenstander og religiøse forestillinger 1350‒1650, Domus Theologica, UiO, Nov 20, 2012.
The physical histories of late medieval carved altarpieces in Norway – transformation of material and meaning. Research group seminar Object and Beliefs 1350-1550, Aug 31, 2012.
- Kausland, Kristin (2016). A Fishy Business: A late-medieval North German shrine attributed to Wilm Dedeke in Norway, In Arie Prof. Dr. Wallert (ed.), Painting Techniques - History, Materials and Studio Practice. Rijksmuseum. ISBN 978-94-91714-95-5. konferanseartikkel. s 70 - 78
- Kausland, Kristin (2016). Late medieval paintings in Norway – materials, techniques, origins. Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung. ISSN 0931-7198. 30(1), s 47- 66 Full text in Research Archive
- Topalova-Casadiego, Biljana; Kausland, Kristin; Jong, Fredrik; Aasen, Lise Chantrier & Solheim, Linn Kristin (2012). Conservation of Edvard Munch's paintings for relocation to a new building: a project in progress at the Munch Museum, In Ida Antonia Tank Bronken; Susan Braovac; Tone Marie Olstad & Anne Apalnes Ørnhøi (ed.), Moving Collections. Processes and Consequences. Archetype Publications Ltd.. ISBN 978-1-904982-84-5. Artikkel. s 147 - 154
- Kausland, Kristin (2012). Kunst-teknologisk kildeforskning og de fysiske historiene til senmiddelalderens alterskaper i Norge.
- Kausland, Kristin (2012). The physical histories of late medieval carved altarpieces in Norway – transformation of material and meaning.
- Kausland, Kristin (2012). Tracing the physical histories of late medieval altarpieces in Norway: art technological source research and the PhD in conservation.