Monumento strengthens position as international monument preservation platform
In its third instalment, the trade fair Monumento Salzburg again presented itself as a top networking platform. Around 2,400 trade visitors flocked to Messezentrum Salzburg on 28-30 January to find out about a wide range of topics relating to monument preservation, conservation and restoration.
“In its third instalment, Monumento again managed to fully meet its objective of offering a platform for exchanging knowledge and experience. It helped to enhance the state of knowledge and contributed to raising awareness among the wider public. 174 exhibitors from eight countries demonstrated the diverse ways in which the techniques and theories of monument preservation and restoration can be applied in practice,” said Charlotte Reichenspurner from Messezentrum Salzburg.
Bringing history to life, making the old shine forth in new splendour and preserving the many historical monuments requires extensive expertise. Alongside numerous craft businesses, industrial companies such as Austria’s RÖFIX AG also attended the event as partners for monument conservation. “Since we also have a broad range of products for historical buildings, we use the exhibition to promote acceptance in the field of monument conservation,” said Christian Höberl (RÖFIX) when explaining his reasons for exhibiting at Monumento. Mag. Elisabeth Krebs has attended the monument conservation trade fair as an exhibitor three times, with the aim of “raising awareness of restoration and sharing information”, specifically in the field of metal restoration.
International meeting point in the World Heritage City of Salzburg
Visitors from ten central European countries travelled to Messezentrum Salzburg for the event. Monumento thereby met its objective of serving as an international platform for exchanging knowledge and experience in the field of monument conservation. Monumento Salzburg is an important forum for the industry. “The exhibition is about meeting our monument conservation community and offering its members an opportunity to network,” said Dr. Barbara Neubauer, President of the Austrian Federal Monument Office, at the opening. The content ranged from presenting the latest technology for handling building and art monuments, through to an overview of the latest products and methods used in monument conservation. The trade fair also provided information about training and development opportunities. The Donau University Krems was represented at Monumento by Elisabetta Meneghini, who was very happy with the organisation and interactions at her booth.
Renowned programme of lectures
The podium discussions and numerous presentations with real-world examples, which were held in the exhibition hall and the conference area, were also very popular. Both experts and fans of historical buildings listened to the exciting accounts of specialists from Austria and the neighbouring countries Germany, Italy, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary. The trade fair kicked off with the presentation “The Regency Rooms at Hohensalzburg Fortress”, which set the tone for an exciting programme. The Austrian Federal Monument Office (BDA) offered the visitors “in Austria the perfect opportunity to connect with the BDA to learn about monument preservation. The exchange was very worthwhile and the quality of the discussions was excellent,” summarised DI Hody. The heritage offices of neighbouring countries also used Monumento to interact and network. “The trade fair offers an excellent opportunity to meet other conservators and hold some interesting discussions,” said Dr. Sven Bittner, Deputy Divisional Head of the Bavarian State Office for Monument Conservation.
This year’s Monumento was held under the auspices of UNESCO and ICOMOS, which highlighted the importance of the public trade fair as a platform for interdisciplinary and international exchange. UNESCO had its own booth at the event and presented a new brochure on all nine World Heritage Cities in Austria.
In addition to lectures and conventional trade fair presentations, the visitors were pleased to find examples of historical gardens from the Baroque period as well as the special show “BRÜDER SCHWADRON and VIENNESE ARCHITECTURAL CERAMICS”, featuring colourful wall tiles and ornamental floor tiles from the stairwells and foyers of Vienna’s magnificent houses at the turn of the century.
The Monumento Team, the exhibitors and the visitors are already looking forward to the next monument conservation trade fair, which will take place in January 2018 in the cultural city of Salzburg.