Please note the changed opening hours of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin since 16 April 2024. More

kulturGUTerhalten: Reconstruction – Addition – Retouching

History(ies) of the Restoration of Archaeological Treasures

Wed 29.05.2024 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Conference / Adults
booking/prior registration essential
More Dates:
Thu 30.05.2024
Fri 31.05.2024

The rediscovery of ancient cultures also marked the beginning of almost 500 years of restoration work on recovered artefacts. The central concerns that soon emerged were the reassembly of fragments, the stylistic reconstruction of missing parts, the resulting additions, and the rendering of the surfaces. Today often regarded as outmoded restoration outcomes, the objects are proving to be manifold repositories of knowledge providing information about reconstructions between desire and reality, technical restoration possibilities, the skills and abilities of those who carried out the restorations, materials and materiality, and the subsequent handling of restoration heritage.

The international symposium kulturGUTerhalten from 29 to 31 May 2024 at the Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst (Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art) in the Bode-Museum brings together current research in an interdisciplinary exchange on these key topics.

The symposium will be held in German and English.


Session 1:
Aesthetics – Style – Ethics: Reconstruction between Historicising Wish and Scientific Reality

Session 2:
Personalities: The Work of Early Restorers

Session 3:
Additions and Retouching: Possibilities and Limitations

Session 4:
Material – Materiality: Composition and Effect

Session 5:
Dealing with Heritage: New-Interpretation and New-Restoration

You can find the symposium program here (786 KB, PDF).


Organisational Notes

There are no conference fees.

Please note: The symposium is already fully booked. Applications will not be accepted anymore.