Monumento Salzburg is an international platform
for cross-border collaboration and meeting point
for monument preservation, restoration and conservation.

2015

Behind the scenes of monument preservation

Warm-up for the third Monumento Salzburg. The public trade fair for monument preservation, conservation and restoration, which is held every two years, will take place at Messezentrum Salzburg on 28-30 January 2016. It's a date set in stone, not just for experts but for all lovers of historical cultural assets.

The theme "Material and Emotion", has been carefully chosen, says Managing Director Michael Wagner, "because the vestiges of the past trigger various emotions and serve as important reminders of our architectural and cultural heritage. They are also important blueprints for the designs of the future."

Among international monument preservation experts, the trade fair has made a name for itself as an important informational event and networking platform for exchanging experience and knowledge. After making its début in 2012 with the support of the Austrian, Bavarian and South Tyrol offices for monument conservation, Monumento 2016 will be assisted by further experts from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary. The broad-based approach facilitates cross-border collaboration while promoting intercultural partnerships in these times of increasingly scarce resources. In 2016, Monument will be held under the auspices of ICOMOS (the Austrian national committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites) and UNESCO (the UN Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage).

The trade fair will feature presentations, podium discussions and special exhibitions. Renowned scientists and experts will report on challenges and everyday experiences in their specialist fields. For example, on 29 January there will be a specialised lecture on a very topical subject: "All 'BIO? – biological weathering and the influence of climate change."

On the same day, there will be an open podium discussion on the future of monument preservation. The honorary advisory board, consisting of international experts, will discuss a wide range of challenges faced in the different countries. Visitors are invited to come along, listen and ask questions.

The special show BRÜDER SCHWADRON and VIENNESE ARCHITECTURAL CERAMICS is dedicated to a particularly decorative subject relating to historical buildings: architectural ceramics from the turn of the century, with colourful wall tiles and ornamental floor tiles in the stairwells and foyers of Vienna's magnificent houses.

The exhibitors will come from the monument preservation, conservation and restoration industry, as well as from related fields such as technical tools and construction equipment.

In the area of training and development, exhibitors from Germany and Switzerland will present a shared training corner. Interested parties can find out about the various disciplines of monument preservation and will, of course, be able to ask the exhibitors questions at any time.

The Monumento trade fair team is expecting around 180 exhibitors at Messezentrum Salzburg. With a combined ticket, which costs just 5 euros extra, guests can also visit CASA (TexBo), which is being organised by our main contributor Reed Exhibitions Messe Salzburg. As Austria's most important furnishing and interior design trade fair, CASA serves as a benchmark and an important source of inspiration for the industry.