Fair of the conservation, technology and promotion of cultural and environmental heritage


Edition 2011

From March 30th to April 2nd, 2011, Ferrara Fiere will host the XVIII Salone dell’Arte del Restauro e della Conservazione dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali, the first and most important national event about the art of restoration and the conservation of Italy’s cultural, artistic and natural heritage.

Again, in 2011, the Fair – with its tight schedule of meetings, workshops, conferences and lectures taking place over the four days of the event – will still be an unmissable event for industry professionals on the Italian scene, a unique opportunity to meet, investigate and get updates on the problems of the world of restoration and its professions.

This year as well, the figures of the Fair are simply impressive: 16,000 square metres of exhibition area, 243 exhibitors, 52 conferences and 105 meetings and workshops, 13 happenings/exhibitions.

MIBAC - Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage, that will be at the fair, as usual, with its institutes, chose the Ferrara Restoration Fair quite a long time ago to give visitors an opportunity to learn about its work in the area of restoration and conservation, its large stand in Hall 2 showcasing the most innovative restoration projects, those that embody the techniques and theories that have been tested over the last few years by central and local institutes. This year, the usual workshop organised by the Ministry, due to take place on Wednesday, March 30th 2011, will be focussed on the “Integrated management of the cultural heritage – the restoration policy”.

There will be plenty of new things at the fair, as usual. For the first time in the world, the fair will host Alberti’s box, a project coordinated by Centro DIAPREM of the University of Ferrara and Fondazione Centro Studi Leon Battista Alberti di Mantova, with the participation of the Municipality of Mantova and Centro Internazionale d’Arte and di Cultura di Palazzo Te, a new way to tell the world about the buildings designed by a great Renaissance genius, Leon Battista Alberti. It will be a digital and multimedia format, providing everyone with research and documentation about Alberti’s architecture by reproducing a flow of images and reflections in the attempt to show how Alberti used to “design” and what problems his architectures still raise. “Alberti’s box” may be visited during the Fair in one of the Theme Show halls (Hall 2). The project will also be the focus of a conference on Thursday, March 31st 2011.

CONFCULTURA too will be at the Restoration Fair for the first time: on Friday, April 1st , it will hold a conference about “The public and private sectors in the management of the cultural heritage: an international comparison”, a reflection on and comparison of the ways the cultural heritage is managed in each country and the most appropriate interactions between the public and private sectors, organised and promoted in conjunction with TekneHub Tecnopolo of the University of Ferrara, Rete Alta Tecnologia della Regione Emilia-Romagna, McM Università di Ferrara, Encatc and Icom Italia.

The international nature that has always been the distinctive trait of this Ferrara Fair since the very beginning is confirmed this year by the participation of some prestigious foreign organisations, such as the University of Malta and the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg. The International Institute for Baroque Studies of Malta’s University will hold a conference on Thursday, March 31st 2011, to illustrate the history and restoration of the fortress city of Valletta, built by the Knights Hospitaller of Saint John the Baptist after the great Turkish siege of 1565. The Russian museum will present instead its 13 restoration workshops and a cycle of meetings. An event not to be missed, on Friday, April 1st 2011, will be the meeting with Irina Artemieva (curator of the collection of Venetian paintings at the Hermitage and director of the Scientific Committee of the “Hermitage Italia” Foundation) and Kamilla Kalinina, who will address the recent restoration of the famous painting by Lorenzo Lotto, “Madonna delle Grazie”, as part of the cycle of meetings organised by the Russian museum all day on Friday, April 1st 2011, followed by a technical meeting about the use of laser technology in goldsmithery and a workshop about the restoration of monumental paintings.

Lots of meetings will address the different problems of this industry and will illustrate some major experiences in the restoration and conservation of the cultural heritage abroad. A highlight will be the conference taking place on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, “Mutual heritage, modern cities and landscapes in the Mediterranean countries” – as part of the EUROMED HERITAGE IV programme funded by the European Union and organised by the Mutual Heritage Consortium – with two events to reflect on the acknowledgment and conservation of the recent shared heritage, and actions and experiences in the promotion and recovery of the heritage in the Mediterranean countries.
Conferences include: on Saturday, April 2nd 2011, architect Andrea Bruno will speak of “The wickedness of destroying monuments. Afghanistan: the future renaissance of the Buddha valley of Bamiyan”; the conference promoted by BolognaFiere and organised by Acropoli, “What is the place of science in restoration? New guidelines and lines of research” – with professor Giorgio Bonsanti as curator and coordinator, and such guest speakers as David Saunders, Director of the Restoration Lab of the British Museum of London – and, finally, a workshop about the conservation of contemporary monuments, organised by Associazione Amici di Cesare Brandi, with Giuseppe Basile as curator.

The International Architectural Restoration Award “Domus restauro e conservazione”, created and promoted in 2010 by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ferrara in partnership with Fassa Bortolo SpA, will also make a comeback: an exhibition and a conference will showcase the winners of the 1st International Architectural Restoration Award “Domus restauro e conservazione”, the first ever initiative in this field, aiming to show to the public at large the architectural restoration projects that have successfully given a deliberate interpretation of those principles of conservation which the scientific community identifies with, not least through contemporary forms of expression. The exhibition, which will be set up in Hall 3, will gather all entrant projects, divided into nearly 200 panels: such panels will try to show, as best as they can, the power of the ideas behind the different approaches to restoration and conservation of professionals of undisputed worldwide repute. In addition, the winning and short-listed projects will be illustrated at a conference, “Deliberate Restoration Projects”, on Thursday, March 31st 2011 – under the scientific coordination of LaboRA Laboratorio di Restauro Architettonico, Centro DIAPReM, Laboratorio ArcDes, Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, members of TekneHub, Laboratorio in rete del Tecnopolo di Ferrara - Rete Alta Tecnologia della Regione Emilia-Romagna.

A most relevant event will be organised by the Regional Directorate for the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Emilia Romagna, in conjunction with the Municipality of Ferrara and Fondazione Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo e della Shoah di Ferrara – to present and illustrate the project that won the bid for the restoration of the former jails of Ferrara, which will be converted into the National Museum of Italian Hebraism and Shoah.

A significant contribution will also be given by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, which, on Wednesday, March 30th 2011, will be organising a conference by architect Gae Aulenti, who will look at the case of the former hospital of Sant’Agostino in Modena as an example of a veritable good practice in the restoration, functional recovery and conversion of a historical building and at the coordinated partnership between public and private institutions in current and future investments.

In Hall 1, the Chamber of Commerce of Verona will be setting up the happening-exhibition “The restoration of the Choir of the Great School of San Rocco in Venice and the work of the restorers of the Verona plain.” – with architect Luca Bezzetto as curator, sponsored by Api, Casartigiani, CNA, Upa Confartigianato of the province of Verona and Fondazione Mobili d’Arte in Stile e d’Antiquariato della Pianura Veronese e Padovana – with the participation of the craftsmen-artists of the Furniture district of the province of Verona as a group, along with a performance by some members of the 18th-century choir of the Great School of San Rocco, and a presentation of the educational programmes of the century-old School of Drawing and Applied Arts Appio Spagnolo of Cerea.

Other guests at the Ferrara Fair will include the Academies of Fine Arts of Bari, Bologna, Carrara, Catania, Catanzaro, Foggia, Florence, Frosinone, L’Aquila, Lecce, Macerata, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Reggio Calabria, Sassari, Turin, Urbino, Venice, gathered under one roof with the important task of drawing attention again to the key role played by such institutions in our country as special places for training fully qualified restorers of the cultural heritage. This issue will also be at the centre of the conference “Academies and restoration. The projects of the academies’ restoration schools”, organised by the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples and promoted by the General Management of AFAM, taking place on Saturday April 2nd 2011 in Sala Diamanti.

Last but not least, the well-established, important participation of IBC, Istituto per i Beni Artistici Culturali and Naturali della Regione Emilia Romagna, the institute for the cultural and natural heritage of the Region Emilia Romagna, that has always been a partner and supporter of the fair and which, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy, will be organising a presentation-show of the book “Storie dal Tricolore. I Restauri nei Musei del Risorgimento in Emilia-Romagna”, about restoration projects in the museums of Risorgimento in Emilia Romagna, published by the institute with the special participation of writer and actor Paolo Nori; in addition, IBC will carry on with its survey of “How to conserve the 20th century”, focussing this year on the problems of “Papers and Books on display”.

Another guest will be Associazione Città e Siti Italiani Patrimonio UNESCO, the Association of Italian UNESCO sites and cities, which will hold a conference about the educational programmes promoted by its members on issues that concern the List of UNESCO World Heritage Centres; ICE – Istituto nazionale per il Commercio Estero, the Italian Trade Commission, will bring to the fair a delegation of architects, engineers, restorers, executives, local authorities from Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, Turkey and Russia, gathered by its Rome’s office. Very important people will be at the fair to showcase the restoration technology developed by the Italian companies, from the director of the Machu Picchu National Park to the Curator of the Unesco site of Volubilis (Morocco), from the General Manager of the Ottoman Heritage Foundation of Istanbul to the Head Architect of the Municipality of Tel Aviv, from the Authority for the development and restoration of old Riyadh to the director of the restoration of religious facilities of Algeria.

Restauro will also be proactively supported by some Banks - including Cassa di Risparmio of Bologna, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Ferrara, and Fondazioni Casse di Risparmio of Ravenna, Modena and Forlì – with their experience in supporting cultural projects and the restoration of key pieces of the national artistic heritage; and, finally, Artelibro too will make a comeback – in Bologna, from September 22nd to 25th, 2011, about archaeology – with its own stand along with Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, which on September 25th 2011 will celebrate the 2,200th anniversary of the foundation of the Roman colony of Bononia and its own 130th anniversary.

We should not forget the close partnership that, every year, binds Ferrara Fiere to many cultural institutions of Ferrara (museums, art galleries, historical buildings), which – in partnership with the Municipality and Province of Ferrara as well as the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage and the Regional Directorate of Emilia Romagna – will be open to the public, free of charge, all through the fair, some even at night, offering a tight schedule of dedicated events that will lead both visitors and locals to rediscover the city’s sights, monuments and works of art.

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Fiera Restauro is held in partnership with Istituto Beni Culturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna and is sponsored by

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of the Cultural Heritage