Deputy Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the city of Moscow, Leonid Kondrashev: « This is the future of restorers who will determine the profession in a few years,» he concluded.
«The first series of competitions for Russian young restorers were held in Moscow in 2017, at the initiative of our Russian partners,» says Ulrich Brize, «at the denkmal 2018 exhibition in Leipzig, competitions were held for the first time with the participation of young craftsmen from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Leipzig.»
This year's young restorers’ competitions were held in five disciplines:
- Wood Works restoration;
- Masonry restoration;
- Stucco products restoration;
- Metal roof restoration;
- Easel painting restoration.
The organization of competition was provided by the Governments of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other partners and sponsors of Russia. The Leipzig Craft Chamber sent 8 German students to participate in the competition.
The baton of the competition was hosted by Heritage Preservation International (HPI) in Shanghai
A week before Denkmal Russia-Moscow 2019, Heritage Preservation International (HPI) was held in Shanghai, organized by Leipziger Messe International. This event ended with impressive figures: 116 exhibitors and 3,350 visitors.
Markus Heisenberger, General Director of the Leipzig Fair: «Our successful projects to preserve cultural heritage in China and Russia are developing dynamically. Long-term partners and exhibitors of the denkmal exhibition in Leipzig also take part in our international projects, as The Leipzig Fair ensures a high level of its own projects at foreign sites and assists in establishing international contacts.
The idea of holding competitions during the exhibition in Moscow was «p picked up» and continued in China. At HPI in Shanghai, 18 craftsmen demonstrated their skills in two disciplines: restoration of masonry and wooden decor.
The next «denkmal Russia-Moscow» will be held in autumn 2021 in Moscow. From November 5 to 7, 2020, a meeting of international industry experts will be held in Leipzig at the leading European specialized exhibition for the restoration, rehabilitation of historical buildings and preservation of the cultural heritage of denkmal.