With this year's theme of "Werte schöpfen – Creating values", the CICS dedicates itself to a central aspect of restoration: the creation and preservation of values.
Restorers secure the material substance of art and cultural assets with their work. In the process, they take historical, artistic, aesthetic and functional values, as well as questions of authenticity into account. These values are not seldom concealed and first become experienceable through research and restoration. Restorers in this way preserve cultural treasures from decay, loss and irretrievable oblivion. Their intensive work carried out directly on the object and the accompanying interdisciplinary research activities often lead to a reevaluation of the art and cultural assets and contribute to long-term conservation, as well as to sustainable dealings with cultural values. Restoration thus not only points back into the past, but also into the future in a modern way.
At the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS) of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, the technology and conservation of art and cultural assets from Antiquity to the present are taught and researched in five fields of study. Students and the teaching staff will present select projects and research findings at EXPONATEC 2021.
During the art consultation on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, the scientists of the institute will this year once again examine private objects like paintings or antiques.