Exhibition, conservation, restoration: expertise for museums and cultural institutions

Every two years, the international museum, restoration and conservation industry meets for the leading trade fair EXPONATEC COLOGNE. 185 companies from 20 countries will this year present their new products and solutions revolving around the themes of exhibition, restoration and cultural heritage. Key here are future-oriented formats for exhibiting, methods of correct storage, but also safe transport or the maintenance and preservation of exhibit pieces. In addition to this, questions of museum and information management, safety and logistics, as well as multimedia or augmented reality concepts will once again be discussed.

With a view to the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 under the thematic heading of "Sharing Heritage", the field of cultural heritage this year occupies a special position. The focus of the discussion is on the protection of European cultural heritage with the future goal of actively guiding even broader segments of society, especially the young generation, to our cultural heritage. Points of connection with the theme of cultural heritage are primarily provided by the international event programme featuring high-profile participants. Lectures, special areas and presentations offer the trade public clear added value and provide new impulses for their routine work. You can find the entire event programme of EXPONATEC COLOGNE here: http://www.exponatec.de/EXPONATEC/Die-Messe/Events-und-Kongresse/index.php.

Another area of focus is on the entire theme of exhibition design and visitor guidance. Here things primarily revolve around the convincing presentation and the experience-oriented mediation of themes. A total of 93 exhibitors will present their solutions in this section on the occasion of EXPONATEC COLOGNE. New Technologies such as virtual or augmented reality are increasingly finding their place in the museum world. This involves questions of how virtual online offerings sensibly supplement the real museum visit or can even become a new experience. With 17 exhibitors in this section, EXPONATEC shows which trends are asserting themselves here, and which technology is most likely to support the implementation of virtual ´designs for the purpose of realising virtual museum staging.

An exhibition is hardly conceivable without the use of special display cases. They are among the most classic forms of presentation in the museum segment, and make it possible to present EXHIBITS three-dimensionally. At the same time, through the use of resistant materials like glass or steel, they fulfil the strictest requirements for security and conservation. Whether large installations or the smallest precious objects, display case manufacturers can provide any exhibition object with the right context by way of the appropriate display case design. The presentation is rounded off by sophisticated light technology. The light used must also meet strict conservation criteria. High light intensity with low scattering loss, the best possible colour reproduction of the exhibits and precise dimming properties are called for. In the process, the light source should be as emission-free as possible and demonstrate low energy consumption. The theme of light is staged for EXPONATEC COLOGNE by international market leaders. A total of 58 companies will present their products revolving around lighting planning, systems and technology: the exhibitors will show lighting for indoors and outdoors, for display cases and backgrounds, as well as for pedestals and shelves.

It's hardly imaginable to think of the museum world without the themes of conservation and restoration. Around 20 international exhibitors respond to the following questions with new solutions and concepts: what new techniques are there for securing heritage buildings and works of art even better for future generations? What has proven itself in practice over a long period of time – and what hasn't? How can digital technologies help, for example, with surveying? In the accompanying event programme, industry experts like the association of restorers (VDR) or the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS) of the Technical University of Cologne will also present and discuss new approaches.

In addition to conservation and restoration, safe transport presents a central challenge in the museum industry. Around a dozen logistics experts at EXPONATEC will show which packing, storage and transport methods can contribute decisively to ensuring that an exhibit piece arrives safely at the next location. This also includes products that offer gap-free monitoring, such as highly developed video security systems coupled with delay-free alarm technology.

Not least, the museum apparatus and that of any cultural institution only functions with the right systems, which optimally support the extensive tasks of museum administration and information management. In order to define interfaces or provide the correct information for curators, art historians, scientists, archivists, registrars or ticketing and security officers, complex software and administration tools are required. For EXPONATEC COLOGNE, trade visitors can inform themselves with 50 providers from the areas of administration and input and output management about new solutions.

Metaplaza: the new special event concept

Integrated into it is a more than 140 square metre area in which young companies have the possibility to present themselves and their ideas, concepts and products: embedded in an avant garde urban scenery, companies present themselves and direct the focus toward new ideas and currents in the scenography and exhibition industry. The Metasquare prepares the mood for the special event: here, digital presentations on large screens provide all participants with short information and images of their products and services. New contacts can then be made at the stands and a new audience won over with lectures. The goal of Innovation City 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. 

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