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    Press release from 8/2/18 | denkmal

    denkmal 2018: advanced training on a grand scale

    As Europe’s Leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Building Renovation, denkmal brings together international experts in Leipzig. In addition to the exhibition, which includes several hundred companies and institutions from Germany and abroad, the conference programme in particular attracts thousands of interested visitors. With well over 150 events, it is rightly regarded as the most comprehensive advanced training event in the entire industry. Visitors can look forward to numerous specialist lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, discussion rounds, and awards ceremonies.

    The conference programme of denkmal ranges from the forums in the exhibition hall to the Congress Center Leipzig and the exhibitors' stands. Visitors thus have almost limitless possibilities to acquire valuable knowledge and to enter into intensive dialogue with other experts. The ICOMOS conference "A Future For Our Recent Past - Sharing Europe's Heritage of the 20th Century", which takes place as part of Europe's leading trade fair, is the best example of the significance of denkmal.

    Cultural heritage needs restorers: joint conference of VDR and VRH

    On the second day of the fair, the Verband der Restauratoren e.V. VDR - as representative of the academically trained specialists - and the Verband der Restauratoren im Handwerk VRH invite to a joint conference for the first time. In lectures, representatives of both professional groups will give an overview of how they make a decisive contribution to safeguarding the quality of monument preservation in compliance with internationally recognised professional ethical principles and codes. Best practice examples will be used to illustrate the outstanding achievements and expertise of the conservators of VDR and VRH in the preservation of historical monuments on many building, art, and cultural assets. The focus is also on how the two professions complement each other productively in their special fields and why restorers from Germany enjoy an excellent international reputation. Together, the associations want to promote interdisciplinary discourse, define common interests and improve public awareness of restoration.

    Monuments from the 1950s to the 1980s: conservation and usage as a major challenge

    Under the title "Flying roof - Folded structures - Prefabricated parts. The architectural handling of monuments of the 1950s - 1980s", the Wissenschaftlich-Technische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bauwerkserhaltung und Denkmalpflege (WTA), the Fraunhofer-Informationszentrum Raum und Bau IRB and the Bautechnik Arbeitsgruppe der Vereinigung der Landesdenkmalpfleger (VdL) are organising a congress on the last day of the fair that will deal in detail with listed buildings from the post-war period. The lectures give a general overview of the characteristics of this architecture, an insight into the rules and regulations, the technical possibilities of repair as well as constructional and physical challenges by means of different buildings. Problems with energetic reorganisation, possibilities of fire protection for delicate construction units, and the handling of pollutant loads are also discussed. Finally, the connection between preliminary scientific investigations and questions relating to monuments will be investigated.

    Sharing Heritage: denkmal as the highlight of the European Cultural Heritage Year

    The denkmal is the third highlight of the European Cultural Heritage Year. On this occasion, there will be a SHARING HERITAGE forum, in which numerous exemplary projects will be presented. These for example include "Big Beautiful Buildings", which deals with post-war modernist buildings and promotes an appropriate approach to this architectural heritage. The project "European music trails. Europe in Leipzig - from Leipzig to Europe" together with the partner countries Lithuania and Norway focuses on the connecting force of music in Europe. It is also part of Leipzig's successful application for the European Cultural Heritage Seal with the authentic music heritage sites of the Leipzig Music Trail. "Lost Traces" invites young people to discover "lost" places together with citizens, experts, creatives, and teachers and to search for hidden cultural traces that are relevant to European contexts. In the course of the project, these places will be designed and used for a certain period of time in architectural and cultural formats. The European Heritage Volunteers, who this year have developed, implemented and evaluated exemplary volunteer projects, are even organising their own conference entitled "Volunteering for European Cultural Heritage".

    Symposia, workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics

    CLAYTEC is organising the "Symposium Fachwerk" as part of denkmal 2018. Particularly successful examples of the restoration of half-timbered houses with clay will be shown here. Of particular interest are the different approaches of the regional architects and craftsmen.

    Xella Germany is organising a three-hour workshop on the topic of interior insulation in a listed building. It provides the participants with detailed expert knowledge on building physics influences in interior insulation, the special features of buildings with wooden beams, the water absorption and suction behaviour of building materials as well as the long-term durability of interior insulation.

    Schüco International is organising a workshop titled "Preserving - renovating - transforming: new construction in existing buildings." The event is dedicated to new perspectives and approaches. The sustainable use of the existing substance and its further development and integration into new architectural spatial structures is one of the core challenges of our time. The workshop explains how innovative and visionary projects of the future can emerge between the preservation of existing urban structures and how to handle them creatively.

    Further highlights in the conference programme are, for example, the Keimfarben symposium "100 years of Bauhaus - cultural heritage yesterday, today, tomorrow" and the stonemason seminar "Different philosophies in the restoration of natural stone".

    Prestigious awards ceremonies

    Traditionally, numerous important prizes are awarded at the denkmal. This year again, the renowned Bernhard Remmers Prize will be awarded twice for a national and an international restoration project. The award, which is presented every two years as part of the denkmal, honours outstanding achievements in the conservation of historical monuments by craftsmen. The prize in the "International" category goes to the "New Holland" building complex, which was built in the first half of the 18th century and is located on an artificial island in the historic centre of St. Petersburg. The national prize goes to the "Essen III KG" project in Maxstraße and Lindenallee.

    A coveted award and a recognized seal of quality in the industry is the denkmal Gold Medal, which has been awarded to ten prize winners since 1996 and honours outstanding achievements in monument preservation in Europe. Once again this year, an independent jury of international experts will decide which exhibitors will receive awards for the services and products presented at the trade fair.

    The Fair Academy is a Germany-wide student architecture competition in which the participants develop designs for listed buildings in need of renovation. Under this year's motto "Design in historical surroundings - old building. reconstruction. new building", convincing concepts and individual solutions for three historical buildings in Central Germany were requested. The choice was between the Deutschordenskommende in Bergen, the former Ernst Engländer textile factory in Berga/Elster and the residential complex on Clara-Zetkin-Platz in Wurzen. The ten best designs will be exhibited at denkmal and the three prizewinners will be awarded on the second day of the fair.

    Further awards ceremonies can be found at "Ab in die Mitte! the "City-Offensive Sachsen", the "Denkmalpflegepreis der Handwerkskammer zu Leipzig" and the "Denkmal zum Hieronymus-Lotter-Preis für Denkmalpflege 2018".

    Unique European trade fair network consisting of denkmal and MUTEC

    MUTEC has been taking place together with denkmal since 2010. Again this year, the international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology with its comprehensive range of products offers inspiration for experts, decision-makers and investors from museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions. Together, denkmal and MUTEC form a trade fair network that is unique in Europe, building a bridge between the various sectors and inspiring interdisciplinary dialogue around the preservation of cultural heritage.

    About denkmal

    denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, presents products and services in all areas of repair, inventory, conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction. It has been held biannually since 1994 and invites the international industry to the Leipzig Convention Centre. In addition to the interdisciplinary exhibitor mix, visitors to the trade fair can expect a high-calibre, international conference programme. At denkmal 2016, 435 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their products and services. Over 150 events were offered at the conference programme to the interested audience. The 12th edition of the trade fair attracted 13,900 visitors (together with MUTEC). The international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology MUTEC and the trade fair Lehmbau take place at the same time as denkmal.

    About MUTEC

    The key aspects of the trade fair are museum technology and equipment, visitor service, media presentation, museum infrastructure as well as archiving and digitisation. With this broad range, the trade fair is aimed at operators of museums and collections, exhibition halls, galleries, archives and libraries. A visit is also worthwhile for architecture offices, consulting firms and museum restorers. The conference programme covers current developments and challenges in the industry. MUTEC has been held under the same roof as denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, since 2010 and has been organised by Leipziger Messe since 2016. In 2016, 80 exhibitors from ten countries presented at MUTEC, which drew 13,900 visitors together with denkmal.

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    Mr Felix Wisotzki
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    Fax: +49 (0)3 41 / 678 16 65 34
    E-Mail: f.wisotzki@leipziger-messe.de



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