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    Press release from 10/23/18 | denkmal

    denkmal 2018: Bundled international expertise in monument conservation and restoration

    This year's denkmal will once again be a magnet for international specialist expertise and a source of inspiration for heritage conservation in Germany and abroad, attracting exhibitors, visitors, conference programmes and the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018. For the 13th time in 2018, the leading European trade fair is an indispensable business and information platform focusing on the transfer of European culture and knowledge on the preservation of cultural heritage across borders. From November 8 to 10, exhibitors from 19 countries will be presenting their range of products and services as well as country-specific specialist knowledge in Leipzig. The international conference programme, which is rightly regarded as the most comprehensive advanced training event in the entire sector, comprises more than 150 events.

    Russia will once again be represented at denkmal with the joint booths Moscow and St. Petersburg. Well-known companies from Poland, Switzerland, and Austria will also be presenting their comprehensive range of services. FCB Ceramika, for example, shows production-flexible ceramics for the renovation of historic buildings as the leading Polish brand for ceramic roof accessories which are used in conjunction with clay roof tiles from global manufacturers. Swiss HAGA AG Baustoffe presents its sustainable natural building materials, insulating materials, plasters, and paints. The market leader from Vienna, all-color F. Windisch, will be exhibiting its linseed oil paints, which are produced following traditional recipes and have proven their value both in the protection of historical monuments and in the conservation of wood. In addition, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Belgium, the United States of America, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania, and China will also be presenting their international product and service portfolios and showcasing cross-border expertise in the field of monument conservation and restoration. denkmal will also feature Israel, Luxembourg and Romania for the first time.

    Conference programme 2018: International exchange on monument conservation and restoration

    The multifaceted conference programme with more than 150 events ensures international and interdisciplinary exchange with colleagues. Best practice examples from national and international restoration and monument conservation will, among other things, be presented here.

    The conference Volunteering for European Cultural Heritage will take place at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) on 8 November from 1 pm to 6 pm. The workshop will highlight the importance of volunteering as a suitable tool for raising awareness, documenting, saving, and protecting cultural heritage as well as for non-formal education in the field of cultural heritage. On 8 and 9 November, ICOMOS Germany, ICOMOS Russia, and other partner organisations will meet at the ICOMOS conference A Future for our Recent Past - Model Projects of Modern Heritage Conservation in Europe to discuss model projects of monument conservation in the 20th century.

    The INFO-FORUM will host, among other things, the White City Center from Israel. The Centre for Monument Conservation and Architecture in the Max Liebling Haus is "Open for renovation" and promises the transfer of technical knowledge and dialogue on monument conservation. Winfried Brenne, Sharon Golan Yaron, Sabrina Cegla and other architects will speak on 8 November from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm about the challenges under the title Israeli-German "Builders' hut" of Modernity in Tel Aviv. On 9 November, from 10 am to 5 pm, the German UNESCO Commission, together with the Saxon State Ministry of the Interior and other partners, is organising the international symposium World Heritage as a place of education and work for the mediation of world heritage in education and training. It deals with the relevance of World Heritage sites for vocational education and training – in particular for traditional craft techniques – as well as for school education.

    Every two years, the Bernhard Remmers Academy awards the Bernhard Remmers Prize for outstanding craftsmanship in the conservation of historical monuments. The award for outstanding achievements in the conservation of historic buildings will be presented in the international and national categories for the tenth time at denkmal in Leipzig on 8 November 2018.

    Forum SHARING HERITAGE: cultural heritage connects people!

    The SHARING HERITAGE Forum will also be an international event, with events dealing with all aspects of the European Heritage Year 2018. At the opening on 8 November at 10:30 am, the British star architect and ambassador for the European Heritage Year, Sir David Chipperfield, will be talking with Reiner Nagel from the Federal Foundation for Building Culture and Dr Elsa Brunner from the Austrian Federal Chancellery about monuments as the foundation of building culture. The basis for the moderated discussion is the Davos Declaration of January 2018, which re-qualifies the topic of building as a cultural task.

    On 9 November from 11:00 to 11:45 am, Mona Guichard, cultural attaché of the French embassy in Germany, together with representatives of the European Commission and Germany, will debate the heritage of the European Heritage Year at the international panel Culture for Europe. From 2:00 to 2:45 pm The Challenge of Protecting our Past Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, and Dr Markus Harzenetter, Chairman of the Association of State Monument Conservationists in the Federal Republic of Germany, exchange views on the challenges of monument conservation.

    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 trade fair site. 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 to the interested audience at the conference programme. 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.

    Press Contact

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



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