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15th Conservation Studies Colloquium in Berlin-Brandenburg on 4 November 2022


The Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologisches Landesmuseum , the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, the Rathgen-Forschungslabor – Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and the Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg are jointly hosting the 15th Conservation Studies Colloquium in Berlin/Brandenburg.

Mosaics: in situ – translocated – in the museum

Mosaics are one of the oldest artforms in the world, with the term deriving from the medieval Latin musaicum, or “work of the muses”. The 15th Conservation Studies Colloquium in Berlin-Brandenburg looks at the theme of mosaics, starting with the genesis of the form, with a specimen from the Mesopotanian city of Uruk, before moving onto significant pieces from antiquity and the Middle Ages from both north and south of the Alps, and going all the way to the works created by the company Puhl & Wagner in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The presentations will look at topics such as the diversity of mosaic-making techniques, forms and findings of scientific analysis, and different approaches to mosaics restoration, both in situ and after being translocated and presented in a museum setting. 

With this Colloquium, the organisers hope to provide a survey of current research findings in the field, and present case studies on the analysis, restoration and conservation of mosaics. The Colloquium is aimed at anybody who is interested in furthering their knowledge in the field and in discussing the topic with colleagues.

During the lunch break, attendees will have the opportunity to inspect the medieval apse mosaic in the Church of Peace in Potsdam, as well as a tour of the grounds and buildings of the Church of Peace. In addition, attendees will be able to visit the mosaics in the Kaiser Friedrich Mausoleum, produced in 1889 by the Venetian workshop of Antonio Salviati.

Registration and Costs

The presentations will take place in Potsdam, but for those who cannot make the trip, they will also be streamed online. The same attendance fee applies to both in-person and online attendance:

  • €50 per person
  • €20 for students

The price includes light refreshments (tea, coffee, etc.).    

Copies of the Colloquium proceedings will be on sale to attendees at a reduced price.

Registration closes on 16 October 2022. The registration process is made up of three steps:   

  1. Please first send your contact details to: steffen.laue[at]
  2. You will then receive confirmation of your registration.
  3. We then ask you to transfer the attendance fee to the following account:

Account holder: Landeshauptkasse Potsdam
Bank: Landesbank Hessen Thüringen (Helaba)
IBAN: DE66 3005 0000 7110 4028 85
Please include the following note with the transfer: 18 066 000 00 466

Those listening in online will receive the access details via email the day before the event.

For organisational reasons, the number of people who can attend in-person is limited, so we recommend registering early.

When and where?

  • 4 November 2022, 8.15 am to 5.45 pm
  • Friedenssaal der Ev. Friedenskirchengemeinde Schopenhauerstr. 23 14467 Potsdam