Monumento Salzburg increases quality standards in heritage conservation
With an extremely positive response, the second Monumento Salzburg has come to an end. In recent days the international fair for monument preservation, restoration and conservation has been shown itself as the perfect platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience about current developments and proven restoration methods. "With more than 180 exhibitors from eight countries, more than 40 lectures and 2,400 trade visitors the 'Monumento Salzburg' became the international hub for the exchange of knowledge in heritage conservation and an important contribution to increasing the quality standards", says the exhibition center CEO Dipl. - Kfm Henrik Häcker.
The internationality of the fair was also reflected by the visitors who traveled from over 10 countries to Salzburg. The high retention time stood for the quality of the exhibitors and the atmosphere at the fair. The exhibitors also praised the professional character of the fair and enjoyed the expert talks.
In addition to the Austrian Federal Monument Office and the Bavarian State Conservation Office, the South Tyrolean provincial monuments, the monument Office of Slovakia and the Czech Republic Memorial Institute were represented at the fair. The exhibitor portfolio ranged from the ironwork and the aerosol cleaning to glass painting, stucco marble restoration and modern laser technology, which is for example used for cleaning stone sculptures.
Networking, exchange and ethics in heritage conservation
The interest in this year's main theme ‘stone’ was great. Anyone who thinks this material holds forever, is wrong. "Stone needs ongoing care and maintenance, otherwise a damaged stone figure may crumble in extreme cases" stated Johann Mag. Nimmrichter of the Austrian Federal Monument Office. The monument professional was one of many speakers who gave an interesting lecture during the three-day exhibition and in this way enriched the Monumento. Stone is a big challenge for historic preservation. It is destroyed, both from the outside and from the inside: Frost, thawing, dehydration and pollution damage the popular building material. Often, it is no longer sufficient to maintain and renovate - sometimes destroyed parts must be restored. "The challenge is that there are many types of rock and everyone wants to be treated differently. This fair is an important platform to exchange experience and to form and maintain a good network between the experts for stone preservation" informed Nimmrichter. The conservationist also stressed that not only the evaluation of the different techniques matter, but also the ethics of historic preservation and the willingness to establish close cooperation between the various sectors and countries. In 2016 both, experts and the interested public, will have the opportunity for this purpose, when the fair for monument preservation, restoration and conservation takes place for the third time in Salzburg.