High quality special events and a top class event and congress programme

With now more than 185 exhibitors from 19 countries, this year's EXPONATEC COLOGNE is taking place from 22 to 24 November 2017 in hall 3.2 of Koelnmesse. In addition to the extensive event and congress programme, the leading communication platform of the museum, conservation and restoration segment offers interesting special events on the themes of Cologne as an art metropolis, virtual museum projects and preventive conservation. And not least, lectures on the theme of, for example, art handling, as well as networking events round off the portfolio of the trade fair.

Cologne on the way to becoming an art metropolis - A journey through time in the art scene of the city of Cologne
The exhibition "Cologne on the way to becoming an art metropolis", which will run in the University and City Library of Cologne until 22 October 2017, shows the development of Cologne into an important art city, taking events in the 1960s and 1970s as its starting point. Following the great response, Exponatec will now show what happened in the exciting 60s and 70s in the Cologne art market in the context of a special event? When the first trade fair for modern and contemporary art was founded in 1967 with the Kunstmarkt Köln, today's Art Cologne, this provided the city of Cologne with a significant impulse for developing into an art centre. The exhibition therefore examines, in addition to the trade fair itself, the events and incidents that were triggered by it and were often in opposition to it. On the other hand, select actors of an art trade and gallery scene that was prospering at the end of the 1960s are examined: what happened in these years, which were characterised by vitality, progressivity and protest, in the process of the democratisation of art? The exhibition was curated by students, together with Günter Herzog and junior professor Dr Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck in the context of a teaching event of the Art Market focus module of the Art History Institute in cooperation with the ZADIK.

Location: Hall 3.2 B 068 / C 069

Cabinet of Abstracts
Holtmann shows its expertise for trade fair and exhibition construction at Exponatec 2017 in Cologne. One highlight is the "Cabinet of Abstracts". The Holtmann subsidiary E)(POMONDO faithfully reconstructed this icon of modern scenography for the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, and is presenting part of it as a successful example of contemporary museum staging, in which virtual reality (VR) is used. In the "Holtmann Holodeck", a section especially for VR, stand visitors can try out the technology themselves and virtually move through several trade fair stands and museum projects realised by Holtmann. The trade fair stand of Holtmann also includes a part of the reconstructed "Cabinet of Abstracts", a spatial work of art from the Russian avant garde artist El Lissitzky. The cabinet containing works of renowned artists originates from the 1920s and was destroyed by the Nazis. Now this important artist space, developed but not realised in the 1920s, can now be experienced directly at the stand with the Holtmann Holodeck.

Location: Hall 3.2 C049

Art Handling: Travelling art – When a collection goes travelling
Under the claim "Economy meets culture“, RESTAURO is organising a podium for the first time at EXPONATEC in Cologne on 23 November 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the RESTAURO seminar "Travelling art. When a collection moves", visitors learn how restorers, curators, art forwarders, art insurers and museum staff master the enormous task of a museum move step by step. It is a logistics masterpiece when museum collections relocate. Then it's not enough to just have a few moving boxes. The objects are taken from their cases, measured, photographed, decontaminated, restored as necessary, packed and transported. The following themes will be focused on in the seminar: which objects need to be moved first from a logistics persprective? How are the objects to be correctly packed with a view to preservation aspects? What needs to be considered with regard to insurance and transport? Especially relevant is the good cooperation of all persons involved. Podium participants are Dr Andrea Funck, Head of the Doerner Institut, Dipl.-Rest. (graduate of restoration arts) Matthias Farke, Head of Dept. III Preservation / Restoration, Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, as well as Nicole Keusen, Head of Art Logistics Germany, Schenker Deutschland AG.

Location: Hall 3.2, Metaplaza D 020

Preventive conservation and collection management
Damage prevention for objects of art has been a matter of central interest to collectors and institutions for as long as there have been collections. The type, scope and importance of preventive measures have gone through a transformation in recent years and increased in importance. International standards and systematisation today simplify the consistent application and carrying out of collection management across functions. This presentation of the exhibitor Deffner & Johann represents the latest standards in the context of preventive conservation, illuminates the suitability for practice and points out ways for implementing these in modern collection management.

Location: Hall 3.2, A020, B021

5°+ - Loans in times of climate change
The climate is continually warming worldwide, with far-reaching consequences. Is this development having an impact on lending between national and international museums? Will this have consequences, and when can these be anticipated? How can this be dealt with? For museum objects and loans, strict climatic requirements must often be observed for presentation and transport. Can climate crates produced by the museums themselves, for example, fulfil these requirements, or are commercially produced climate crates and rental climate crates up to the challenges? Registrars Deutschland? intends to pursue these themes on 24 November 2017 von 10:00 a.,m. to 1:00 p.m. at EXPONATEC.

Location: Hall 3.2, Metaplaza D 020

For the first time, the exhibitors of EXPONATEC are also warmly invited to enrich the programme on the new Metaplaza with their contributions. Metaplaza is the new special event concept of this year's EXPONATEC COLOGNE, and is a platform for higher level and interlocking themes. In addition to stimulating lectures, visitors also have the possibility to inform themselves about the current challenges on the market, or to discuss ways in which these can be encountered. The goal of the Metaplaza is to inspire visitors with new ideas and products, to network participants amongst one another and to offer them the possibility to present themselves and their innovations in the lecture area. With the Happy Hour, a networking event for all exhibitors and visitors of the trade fair also takes place on 22 November 2017 as of 6:00 p.m. on the Metaplaza.

Location: Hall 3.2, Metaplaza D020

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High quality special events and a top class event and congress programme

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