denkmal Russia-Moscow ended with record results:
More visitors, exhibitors, speakers than ever before
The fourth international trade fair for preservation, restoration and museum technology denkmal Russia-Moscow drew to a close in 10 November 2017 with record statistics. All in all, 3,450 registered trade visitors (2015: 2,970) flocked to Gostiny Dvor to see what the 106 exhibitors (2015: 80) from Russia, Germany and Italy had to offer. The international congress programme featured over 100 speakers and panellists from Russia and elsewhere, twice as many as before. Moreover, leading Russian associations and institutions hosted their own congresses and events during denkmal. The expo has also grown significantly regarding activities for young people, with 42 students taking part in the Russian architectural competition held in connection with denkmal – seven times more than when the competition was first held. What’s more, for the first time at any trade show, a three-day practical live competition for young restorers was held in four disciplines based on the methods used by WorldSkills, the global hub for skills excellence and development.
Minister of Culture: “A significant event for Russia”
“We have reached a new level with this year’s denkmal. Interest in the congress programme increased enormously. In some cases, we had to provide additional seating at short notice,” said Markus Geisenberger, CEO of Leipziger Messe. “The exhibitors attracted more visitors than before.” added Geisenberger. Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky highlighted that thanks to denkmal there is now a significant event for the restoration industry in Russia. Alexey Emelyanov, head of the Moscow Department for Cultural Heritage, commended the high level of expertise displayed as the specialists talked shop at the exhibition stands and also praised the exhibitors’ offerings. “denkmal has become much more professional and vibrant, especially owing to the congress programme, the product demonstrations, and the competitions for young people entered by future decision-makers,” emphasized Alexey Emelyanov.
Strong German and Italian presence
During the seminars and conferences, experts from Russia and abroad debated issues such as the repurposing of listed buildings, the benefits of heritage conservation for tourism, how best to attract investors, and technical and legal matters. Specialists from Germany chiefly spoke about their experience of restoration projects, the preservation of industrial architecture, and training the next generation of conservationists. The Italian experts primarily discussed technical innovation and presented case studies on projects in Venice, Turin and Ragusa. Like Germany, Italy was also represented by a large national pavilion at denkmal Russia-Moscow: there were 16 German exhibitors and 12 from Italy. Said Alessandro Zanini, President of Assorestauro (the Italian Association for Architecture, Art and Urban Restoration): “denkmal was the best possible way for us to enter the Russian market.
denkmal Russia-Moscow will next be held in November 2019.