After the pandemic-related break two years ago, denkmal and MUTEC 2022 are in the long-awaited starting blocks. The leading European trade fair for monument preservation, restoration and renovation of old buildings and the international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology are back with full force: From the 24th to the 26th November 2022, a total of 473 exhibitors from 17 countries will present themselves to the public and 150 specialist events invite you to further education on a large scale. Together, denkmal and MUTEC form a trade fair network unique in Europe, which is dedicated to the preservation and mediation of cultural heritage in all its facets.


“The anticipation of this year’s denkmal and MUTEC is huge – both with us as organizers, as well as with our many exhibitors, partners and visitors. With a view to personal exchange and the up-hand experience of tradition and innovation, there is a great need to catch up. This noticeable euphoria impressively shows the high reputation that denkmal and MUTEC rightly enjoy among experts. We are looking forward to three intensive days at the fair,” explains Markus Geisenberger, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe.


More climate protection through sustainable monument preservation


The topic of climate protection and sustainability will play a central role at denkmal, because sustainable construction is becoming increasingly important for ecological and economic reasons. Monument preservation and restoration are already climate-friendly and sustainable per se, as their essence is to preserve and continue to use existing buildings through appropriate measures. denkmal presents the concentrated competence of the industry – from system manufacturers to producers of ecological building materials to suppliers of insulation solutions, sustainable floor coverings and paints. For example, Attenberger Bodenziegel, Beeck’sche Farbwerke, KEIMFARBEN, Kreidezeit Naturfarben, Kremer Pigmente, Remmers, Xella, Zahna Fliesen and the Zement- und Kalkwerke Otterbein are represented. The clay construction trade fair, which once again takes place as part of the monument, deals specifically with the ecological building material clay.


Climate protection will also be a key topic in the denkmal specialist program. This concerns both the question of what effects climate change has on monuments and the important climate protection contribution that existing building substance can make. Renowned organizations such as Europa Nostra, the German UNESCO Commission, ICOMOS Germany, the German National Committee for Monument Protection (DNK) and Fraunhofer IRB participate in the top-class program items.


Other topics in the specialist program include monument mediation, industrial culture, intangible cultural heritage and the recruitment of young talent. In addition, there are numerous opportunities to acquire specific know-how or to deepen existing knowledge. For example, more than 80 events take place, which architects can be recognized as further training. “The denkmal specialist program combines concentrated expert knowledge for different professional groups in one place. It is rightly considered the most extensive continuing education event in the entire industry and stands for an enormous variety of topics again this year, says Mariella Riedel, project director of denkmal and MUTEC.


Restoration and craftsmanship: The practical preservers of cultural heritage


Building cultural heritage could not be preserved without restorers and craftsmanship. Because special expertise and skills are required when dealing with historical building substance. Companies from almost all important trades present themselves at denkmal and demonstrate their craftsmanship live in the “Living Workshops”. Generalistically positioned monument preservation companies are represented as well as painters, stonemasons, plasterers, metalworkers, blacksmiths, carpenters and carpenters. Bennert, Glashütte Lamberts, the Holzmanufaktur Rottweil, Kramp & Kramp, the metal pressing company Thomas Müller, Nüthen Restaurierungen and Paul Lorenz present themselves with their own stands. Specialist companies will find the right tools from the leading provider Deffner & Johann.


Both the restorers in the craft and the academically trained restorers give insights into the impressive spectrum of their activities. In addition, the most important associations of both professions, the umbrella association of restorers in crafts (DRH) and the Association of restorers (VDR), will set an example for cohesion with joint activities. As a special trade fair highlight, the VDR presents the roll-off container Kulturgutschutz of the Cologne Emergency Association to monument visitors.


Monument to the future: Offers for the specialists of tomorrow


An exciting offer awaits the urgently needed junior staff at denkmal with many opportunities to discover your own talents live on site and to try themselves out in the “Living Workshops”. Here, the professionals of various trades are on site and support the interested young talent in the industry face-to-face. For this purpose, artisanal and university education and training institutions as well as educational centers are presented.


MUTEC: Versatile exhibition with three new areas


MUTEC records a record stake on the exhibitor side this year and welcomes companies from 13 countries. Trade visitors will find many innovations and solutions around the preservation and mediation of cultural property at the fair. The spectrum ranges from innovations in the field of buildings & technology to impressive possibilities in exhibition design to new ways of presenting content and exhibits in the media. MUTEC also offers a wide range of services on the topics of visitor service as well as collection and cultural management. Offers and products specifically aimed at archives, depots and libraries also play an important role.


Well-known companies are represented at MUTEC 2022, including AlfaVision, Axess, Axiell, Beckerbillett, Combase, InformationsGesellschaft, ERCO Leuchten, Giant Monkey, Image Access, heddier electronic, Ljusdesign Gobo & Highlight, MEDER CommTech, SPX-Lighting, United Screens, VST and Zeutschel. The University of Applied Sciences for Technology, Economics and Culture (HTWK) Leipzig and the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin will also present themselves at MUTEC.


This year, three new exhibition areas are celebrating their MUTEC premiere. In cooperation with the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (BHT), the area of stage technology and equipment is primarily aimed at the visitor target group of theaters and stages. Also an innovation at MUTEC is the MuseumsMerch section. Here, the specialist audience will find providers, products and program content on the subject of museum shop equipment. The third innovation is accessibility – an issue that has fortunately gained enormous importance in recent years. At MUTEC, visitors will get to know innovations that can improve inclusion in cultural institutions.


Exciting impulses and expert knowledge in the MUTEC specialist program


MUTEC offers operators and employees of cultural enterprises the ideal framework to acquire useful know-how in the specialist program. In the MUTEC forum as the heart of the specialist program, topic blocks on various focal points will take place on all three days of the fair. On the subject of “security” there will be a top-class discussion board under the moderation of Dr. Alke Dohrmann (SiLK – Security Guide to Cultural Property) and Markus Helle, editor-in-chief of HIGHLIGHT, contributes his expertise in the topic block “Light”. BHT initiates a contribution to event technology, the Association of Exhibition Designers VerA is dedicated to the “change of perspective” and ICOM Germany contributes an event on the topic of “preservation”. After a cooperation between MUTEC and ICOM Germany had already been agreed for 2020, this cooperation can finally be realized.


In addition, seminars and workshops on topics such as holistic sustainability in the museum, fundraising, depot planning and preventive conservation take place using modern security technology. In numerous lectures by the MUTEC exhibitors, visitors can also gain new impulses for their own work or deepen existing knowledge.



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