MUTEC 2020 together with partner ICOM Deutschland (International Council of Museums) and a wide range of exhibitors
Despite the ongoing corona pandemic, there are more and more signs from policymakers that trade fairs will be allowed to take place this autumn. Therefore, preparations for the International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition Technology MUTEC (5 to 7 November 2020) are in full swing - and optimism is spreading within the industry. ICOM Deutschland is partnering up with MUTEC for the first time, with many exhibitors already on board. The first few conference programme highlights have also been confirmed.
This year, MUTEC is for the first time supported by ICOM Deutschland as a partner. ICOM conference for young professionals will be held as part of this year's trade fair on 5 November 2020. "ICOM Deutschland is the largest forum for museum experts in Germany and Europe. Our main focus is on the development of young academics, dissemination of museum-related specialist information and continuing education for museum experts. These objectives perfectly complement the focus of MUTEC, which has established itself as an international platform for the museum industry. We are looking forward to working together and to the ICOM conference for young professionals", explains Prof Dr Beate Reifenscheid-Ronnisch, President of ICOM Germany.
Mariella Riedel, MUTEC Project Director, is also excited about the partnership: "ICOM Deutschland is a renowned organisation firmly anchored in the museum industry with substantial expertise across all subject areas. At MUTEC, members have the opportunity to discover innovations from the various fields up close, to learn about exciting issues through specialist lectures and to exchange ideas on specialist issues with other industry representatives. The ICOM conference for young professionals will make an important contribution to our goal of encouraging young professionals and it is already one of the highlights for MUTEC 2020."
Already in its 3rd year, the ICOM Germany Young Professionals meeting is geared towards students and volunteers as well as freelancers and museum staff who have been in the profession for under five years. The conference deals in particular with the issue of "Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Museum Work". The aim is to think beyond concepts of diversity and to critically reflect on the current state of affairs in museums. Young and prospective museum employees should develop solution strategies together with experts and further expand the Young Professionals Network. The conference is supported by the board of ICOM Deutschland, most notably Dr Alina Gromova and Prof Dr Dr Markus Walz, as well as other honorary speakers.
Exhibition: New Technologies and Practical Solutions
A range of exhibitors from across the sector have already signed up to present their products and solutions at MUTEC 2020. Among this years returning loyal exhibitors are Ahlborn Mess- und Regelungstechnik, Combase, DroidSolutions, ERCO Leuchten, Giant Monkey, Image Access, KLUG-CONSERVATION, Robotron database software, Tactile Studio, VST - VideoSystemTechnik, WERBÄR and ZFB - Zentrum für Bucherhaltung. The International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition Technology also welcomes many new exhibitors this year. Among them, for example, are COLANDIS, corporate friends, CV Entertainment, Flyvision, the Fundraising Academy, ibs tecnomara, VOMO Leichtbautechnik, WandDrucker WallPen and Wizard of Europe. The first international companies have also already signed up: AlfaVision from Belgium, Axess from Austria, SLIŠIŠVIDIŠ from Slovenia, Empreinte Signalétique from France and Flyvision from Hungary.
Some exhibitors have even announced the highlights that they will be presenting at the upcoming MUTEC 2020. Meder CommTech will introduce SmartGuide 2 - an all-in-one guide that will transform guided tours into a comprehensive experience with a wealth of features. The SmartGuide 2 can be used both for guided group excursions and independent museum visits. With NuAire-A813, Ibs technomara have developed a secure workbench that enables users to work more efficiently and securely with archive material. It complies with TRBA240 requirements and effectively protects both the user and the environment from harmful health risks such as mould.
Thanks to their compact height, the new mini-fan filter module from COLANDIS, a company specializing in cleanroom technology, can be adapted to various environments where space is at a premium. By continuously filtering air, dusting of the exhibits is reduced, thus extending cleaning cycles. Lightweight modular exhibition walls and partition systems from VOMO Leichtbautechnik provide a unique perspective on displays. The EXPO and FURNITURE product lines are especially designed for the museum and exhibition sector. They allow exhibition walls and furniture to be combined to create rooms. Combase and Giant Monkey, once again collaborating and exhibiting together as they did in 2018, will focus on the topic of fiscalisation for the checkout area.
Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW) conference: "Let the Countryside Prevail: Rural Museums Between Rejection and Appreciation"
Lack of staff, insufficient funding, an ageing population and the rise of right-wing extremist and anti-democratic tendencies - these are the issues facing museums rural areas, and are also real challenges they have to deal with. The conference "Let the Countryside Prevail: Rural Museums Between Rejection and Appreciation", organised by the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW), will take place at MUTEC on 5 November 2020.
The conference focuses on rural museums, which often achieve great things on a small scale: They serve as repositories for local and regional traditions and customs, centres for socio-cultural life and a source of identity for the local population. The conference will address possible solutions to the challenges faced by small and medium-sized museums and similar institutions such as Heimatstuben ('local heritage museums') and Heimatvereine ('Local heritage associations') in rural areas. The aim is both to offer museums inspiration and resources for their work, and also to acknowledge their achievements.
Speakers from different scientific backgrounds will highlight different aspects of the topics through lectures, with staff from rural museums also sharing their experiences and wealth of knowledge concerning practical museum work in rural areas. The conference offers the often voluntary staff of rural museums a space for discussion and mutual support in the form of workshops. The conference is organised by students enrolled in the Museum Management and Communication master's programme at the HTW Berlin.
Depot Planning and Salvage of Cultural Assets: Prevart-Courses Within the Framework of MUTEC 2020
The company Prevart deals with various facets of museum work which take place behind the scenes. With extensive experience in conservation/restoration, planning, museum work, inventory, project management and training, the company is dedicated to sustainable, long-term developments in the field of cultural heritage conservation. Prevart will be organising two courses within the framework of MUTEC 2020.
Dr Joachim Huber has worked for Prevart for more than 20 years. As a museum planner, he has been involved substantially in the preparation and planning of over 100,000 m2 of depot space for museums across the German-speaking region. Huber will be sharing his rich experience In his course "Concepts for the Preservation of Cultural Assets", of particular interest to museum planners.
Textile restorer, museum consultant and certified adult educator Karin von Lerber has been addressing the issues of disaster response and disaster mitigation for cultural assets since the early 1990s. In her course "Salvaging Cultural Assets" she imparts the knowledge she has gained through her own salvage experience and through dialogue with fire brigades, civil defence and museum experts.
Registration details for both courses are available here.
denkmal and MUTEC: Unique combination of trade fairs under one roof
denkmal, the leading European trade fair for the conservation, restoration and renovation of old buildings, takes place under the same roof as MUTEC. denkmal combines a lively exhibition with a multi-faceted conference programme, rightly considered to be the most comprehensive further education event in the entire industry. It furthermore acts as a cross-sectoral and transnational networking event for participants and political stakeholders. Together, denkmal and MUTEC form a trade fair network that is unique in Europe, building a bridge between the various sectors and inspiring interdisciplinary dialogue around the preservation of cultural heritage.
The key aspects of the trade fair are museum technology and equipment, visitor service, media presentation, museum infrastructure as well as archiving and digitisation. With this broad range, the trade fair is aimed at operators of museums and collections, exhibition halls, science centres, galleries, archives and libraries. A visit is also worthwhile for architecture offices, consulting firms and museum restorers. The conference programme covers current developments and challenges in the industry. MUTEC has been held under the same roof as denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, since 2010 and has been organised by Leipziger Messe since 2016. In 2018, 105 exhibitors from ten countries presented at MUTEC, which drew 14,200 visitors together with denkmal.
denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, presents products and services in all areas of repair, inventory, conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction. It has been held biannually since 1994 and invites the international industry to the Leipzig Convention Centre. In addition to the interdisciplinary exhibitor mix, visitors to the trade fair can expect a high-calibre, international conference programme. At denkmal 2018, 447 exhibitors from 19 countries presented their products and services. Around 200 events were offered at the conference programme to the interested audience. The 13th edition of the trade fair attracted 14,200 visitors (together with MUTEC). The international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology MUTEC and the trade fair Lehmbau take place at the same time as denkmal.
Mr Felix Wisotzki
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