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15 02 11

From 30 March to 2 April 2011, Ferrara Fiere is to host the XVIII edition of Salone dell’Arte del Restauro e della Conservazione dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali, the first and most important nationwide event focussed on the restoration and preservation of the Italian art heritage.

The 2011 edition, too, of the Salone, and its comprehensive offering of meetings, workshops, seminars and round tables that will take place over the four-day event, stands out as the key initiative for the trade at national level, a unique chance to get together, discuss and get a new look on the restoration industry issues and the different professional profiles that are involved in it.

The MIBAC - Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali – represented like every year by its different institutes, has long selected Ferrara’s Salone del Restauro to show the public its activities relating to restoration and preservation, displaying in its roomy stand in hall 3 of the fair building the most innovative restoration projects that best express the new techniques and theories experimented over the last few years and carried out by the central and local centres. This year the usual study day organized by the Ministry, scheduled for Wednesday, 30 March 2011, will focus on the theme “Integrated cultural heritage management – restoration policy”.

As always the fair has in store many new treats; for the first time at international level the fair will host the showcase of the ground-breaking Alberti’s box project, coordinated by the DIAPREM Centre of the University of Ferrara and Fondazione Centro Studi Leon Battista Alberti of Mantua in bundle with the Municipality of Mantua and Centro Internazionale d’Arte e di Cultura of Palazzo Te, a new way to promote, both in Italy and abroad, the buildings designed by an outstanding intellectual of the Renaissance, Leon Battista Alberti. This digital and multimedia exhibition format aims spreading as much as possible the body of research and documents on Alberti’s architecture by recreating a flow of images and thoughts in the attempt of simulating the “design process” of Alberti and what are the issues that his architecture still poses today. The “Alberti’s box”will be open for visits during the fair in one of the halls assigned for theme exhibitions (Hall 2). The project will also be the subjects of a meeting on Thursday 31 March 2011.

For the first time CONFCULTURA will participate in Salone del Restauro, and on Friday 1 April will organize a meeting entitled The public and private sectors in cultural heritage management: an international comparison”, a discourse on heritage management systems in different Countries and on the most suitable interaction between public and private subjects, held and promoted in bundle with TekneHub Tecnopolo dell’Università di Ferrara Rete Alta Tecnologia della Regione Emilia-Romagna, McM Università di Ferrara, Encatc and Icom Italia.

The Ferrara based event has always stood out for its international vocation; the evidence of this attitude is the participation of some prominent international players, including the University of Malta and the Saint Petersburg Hermitage State Museum. The International Institute for Baroque Studies of the University of Malta will promote a meeting scheduled for Thursday 31 March to describe the history and the restoration project of the Valletta city fortress, built by the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St. John the Baptist after the siege laid by the Turks in 1565. The Russian museum will present its 13 restoration laboratories and promote a set of meetings. The meeting with Irina Artemieva (curator of the Venetian painting collection of the Hermitage and Director of the Scientific Committee of the “Ermitage Italia” Foundation) and Kamilla Kalinina, scheduled for 1 April 2011 is definitely not to miss: the two experts will present the recent restoration of a famous painting by Lorenzo Lotto entitled “Madonna delle Grazie” during the meetings organized by the Russian museum for the whole of Friday 1 April 2011, featuring also a technical seminar on the application of laser technology in jewellery restoration and a restoration workshop on monumental painting.

Many meetings are scheduled to discuss several issues influencing this business as well as disseminate the important examples of cultural heritage restoration and preservation in foreign Countries. The event to be held on Wednesday 30 March 2011 “Mutual heritage, città e paesaggi della modernità nel Mediterraneo” – included in the EUROMED HERITAGE IV programme, funded by the European Union and organized by Consorzio Mutual Heritage – is also worth mentioning for its two moments of insight on the acknowledgment and preservation of the recent common heritage and the actions and experiences aimed at valuing and restoring the heritage in Mediterranean countries.
Among the meetings, on Saturday 2 April 2011 the architect Andrea Bruno will host “La pratica perversa delle distruzioni di monumenti. Afghanistan: rinascimento prossimo della Valle dei Buddha di Bamiyan”, while “Dove va la scienza nel restauro? Nuovi indirizzi e linee di ricerca” BolognaFiere, organized by Acropoli, - curated and coordinated by Prof. Giorgio Bonsanti, will see the presence, among others, of David Saunders, Head of the Restoration Laboratory of London’s British Museum – finally, a round table on the preservation of contemporary works, organized by Associazione Amici di Cesare Brandi and curated by Giuseppe Basile.

A welcome return, the International Architectural Restoration “Domus restauro e conservazione” Award, devised and promoted in 2010 by the Architecture Department of the University of Ferrara in bundle with Fassa Bortolo SpA: an exhibition and a meeting will focus on presenting the winning projects of the 1st edition of the International Architectural Restoration “Domus restauro e conservazione” Award, the first initiative in the business ever to aim at spreading to the broader public those architectural restoration project that were able to apply consistently the preservation principles generally accepted by the scientific community, also resorting to contemporary forms of expression. The exhibition, set up in Hall 3, displays all participating projects divided in over 200 tables: the tables, some of which were devised by experts known at international level, are meant to convey the strength of the ideas and different approaches to restoration and preservation. The winner and the special mentions of the award will also speak at the “Il Progetto del Restauro Consapevole” meeting on Thursday 31 March 2011 – whose scientific coordination was trusted to LaboRA Laboratorio di Restauro Architettonico, Centro DIAPReM, Laboratorio ArcDes, Architecture Department, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, under the supervision of TekneHub, the network laboratory of Tecnopolo di Ferrara - Rete Alta Tecnologia della Regione Emilia-Romagna.

The Direzione Regionale per i beni culturali e paesaggistici dell’Emilia Romagna together with the Municipal Authority of Ferrara and Fondazione Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo e della Shoah di Ferrara – will present and describe at Salone the remarkable restoration project for the redevelopment of the former prison of Ferrara, bound to become a National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah.

Finally, it is worth mentioning the well-established and significant presence of the following: IBC, Istituto per i Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali della Regione Emilia Romagna, a long time partner and supporter of the event; Associazione Città e Siti Italiani Patrimonio UNESCO, which will devote a special focus meeting on the educational initiatives promoted by the Members in terms of the UNESCO World Heritage Site list; ICE – Istituto nazionale per il Commercio Estero, and its delegation of architects, engineers, restorers, managers, local administrators, coordinated by the Roman office of the Agency and coming from Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Morocco, Croatia, Turkey and Russia; Banking Foundations – including Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara, Associazione Federativa delle Casse e Monti dell’Emilia-Romagna, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì – and their experience in support to cultural and restoration projects for very important works of art; Artelibro is also another welcome return; its key theme for the 2011 edition, archaeology, will be open to visitors in Bologna from 22 to 25 September 2011, but for those who want a preview, Artelibro will have its stand at Salone together with Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, which in turn will celebrate on 25 September the 2,200th anniversary of the foundation of the Roman colony named Bononia, as well as the 130th anniversary of the museum’s foundation.

We should not forget the close collaboration that every year involves Ferrara Fiere and the different cultural facilities of Ferrara (museums, picture galleries, historical palaces), that - in collaboration with the Municipal and Provincial authorities of Ferrara as well as the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Initiatives and the Regional Government of Emilia Romagna – will stay open for free visits throughout the event, some of them also in the evening, and will offer a vast calendar of dedicated events that will allow, both to the visitors of the fair and the citizens of Ferrara, to rediscover the city’s monuments, places and works of art.