Successful start for Monumento 2012
The first trade fair for conservation of historic monuments in Salzburg
For three days, the spirit of times long passed imbued the halls of Messezentrum Salzburg. Experts and enthusiasts of historical artifacts enjoyed the opportunity to explore the world of restorers, material researchers and building experts. On an area of approximately 8,200 m², the exhibitors’ products and services could be marveled at by visitors from eight nations: Austria, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. The fair covered a wide range of topics, including care and preservation of monuments, building materials, tools and building equipment, conservation and restoration techniques, issues regarding computer-based archiving, documentation and inventory. The field of architecture was represented, just as the field of garden and cultural landscape conservation and security and building services technology. Some of the highlights were the live 3D survey of a more than 500,000 year-old biface, the stonemason’s living workshop, the baroque garden landscape with 1,500 box trees and the booth with hand blown glass from Murano which is to be designated “World Heritage Site” in the near future.
The public talks which were offered by experts on all of the fair days received great response and were praised from all sides. In this context, Dipl.-Arch. Dr. Bernd Vollmar held a talk on the current topic of “Monuments and the Energy Revolution”.
Exhibitors and visitors were satisfied with the course and results of the trade fair
The quality of the event was excellent, which resulted in the consistently positive feedback from the exhibitors: “Our expectations were exceeded, great event and organization, highly interested audience”, are just some of the comments.
For Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Linsinger, Monumento 2012 was a successful premiere of the event. “We are positively surprised that so many exhibitors were present at the fair – we would never have expected that. Moreover, we were delighted about the audience – decision makers from all the way to the top level were present.”
Salzburg is ideal as the trade fair location for Monumento
The fact that Salzburg is the ideal location for a trade fair for conservation of historic monuments has been confirmed by the president of the Federal Monuments Office, Dr. Neubauer as well as by Dr. Gobiet, Head of Conservation at the Federal Monuments Office Salzburg and enthusiastic member of the Monumento advisory board. With the participation of the Federal Monuments Offices from Austria, German and Italy as partners of the Messezentrum Salzburg, the trade fair Monumento signalizes cooperation in a Europe of regions where strategies to preserve cultural heritage are developed and supported - because culture knows no borders. This is confirmed by the members of the advisory board Mag. Astrid Huber, Dr. Ronald Gobiet, Dr. Leo Andergassen and Prof. Egon Greipl, who have all assured their full support for 2014.
Goals and outlook for Monumento 2014
The goal which was set for the premiere of the trade fair for conservation of historic monuments was reached at all levels. Dipl.-Kfm. Henrik Häcker, CEO of the Messezentrum Salzburg, with his team, Charlotte Reichenspurner, divisional manager trade fairs, and Harald Toth, trade fair officer, report: “The launch of Monumento as an international platform for monument preservation, restoration and ground monument conservation was successful. The date for 2014 has been fixed – the trade fair will take place from 16 January 2014 to 18 January 2014”.