ICOMOS Israel and ICOMOS Germany call for preservation of Red Banner Factory in St. Petersburg
ICOMOS Israel and ICOMOS Germany have joined forces to call for the complete preservation of the so-called Red Banner Factory in St. Petersburg, which is largely based on a design by Erich Mendelsohn and is currently threatened with partial demolition.
To this end, they have written a letter to the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Read the letter here.
(Photo: S. Gorbatenko)
22-23 July 2021, Kazanlak (Bulgaria) -- Call for Presentations: In Restauro. Post-War Heritage of Art and Architecture in Central and Eastern Europe. Integrated Approaches to Dissonant Monuments and Sites
The event is prompted by the successfully completed projects "Conservation Management Plan" and "Emergency Mosaics' Stabilization for Buzludzha Monument" in Bulgaria. The conference will include other conservation and restoration projects on post-war modernism in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as comparable examples funded by the Getty Foundation under the "Keeping it Modern" initiative, which started in 2014 and ended in 2020.
For more information on the conference and the CfP, please see the exposé and the press release.
(Photo: Les Johnstone)
Underground Architecture Revisited
Results of the international conference of the German National Committee of ICOMOS and Berlin Monument Authority with the Initiative Kerberos at the Berlinische Galerie - Museum of Modern Art, 20 - 23 February 2019,
edited on behalf of the organisers by Ralf Liptau, Verena Pfeiffer-Kloss and Frank Schmitz
ICOMOS Student Competition 2021: 1960 plus – Brutalism
In 2021, the biennial student competition organised by ICOMOS Germany with partner organisations will again be dedicated to the young heritage after 1960. This time, the focus is on béton brut architecture, i.e. exposed concrete buildings that are "raw" in the literal sense of the word, and other testimonies to so-called Brutalism.
The submission deadline is September 27, 2021, and students of architecture, interior design, urban planning, art history, restoration, archaeology or other disciplines relevant to monuments are invited to participate. The competition documents are:
- a detailed description (in German)
- a shorter poster version in English
Continuation of online event series: Context, Contrast, Continuity - Heritage Conservation and Urban Development
The international online debate event series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development” focuses on how the needs of conservation as well as development requirements can be managed in the urban context. How can historically developed urban fabrics/structures or singular buildings withstand the pressure for change from e.g. the real estate industry or housing demands? What can be done by the City’s administration, politicians and society to protect its cultural heritage? How can existing buildings be integrated into the ongoing development and possibly be adapted to the new standards of living of our era? Researchers and professionals from Israel as well as Germany will address and discuss these and similar questions.The international online debate event series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban Development” is a cooperation of the Liebling Haus- White City Center (Tel Aviv Yafo), the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the ernst-may-gesellschaft (Frankfurt am Main) and ICOMOS Deutschland. It forms part of the 40th anniversary of the City Partnership Frankfurt Tel Aviv.
More information about the series of lectures can be found here.
ICOMOS mourns Hannelore Puttinger
The German National Committee of ICOMOS e.V. mourns the passing away of its long-standing colleague Hannelore Puttinger (1939 - 2020) on 6 November.
Ms Puttinger, who grew up in Austria, worked for ICOMOS Germany from 1989, when the office moved from Mainz to Munich with the election of Michael Petzet as President. There she was mainly responsible for budget matters, membership administration and grant applications. Her responsibilities were considerably expanded when Michael Petzet was elected International President of ICOMOS in 1999, for which she benefited from her multilingualism. She retired at the end of 2004.
Members of ICOMOS Germany and worldwide appreciated not only her professional competence and reliability, but also her amiable, friendly and charming manner.
ICOMOS Germany will honour Hannelore Puttinger's memory.
(Photo: I. Cisek)
Brochure in Commemoration of Michael Petzet (1933 - 2019)
On 12 April 2020, Michael Petzet, who died on 29 May 2019, would have been 87 years old. ICOMOS Germany is taking this year's International Day of Monuments and Sites on 18 April as an opportunity to commemorate the long-standing president and honorary president of ICOMOS Germany and ICOMOS International and to make a collection of personal obituaries and memories of Michael Petzet compiled by Michael Jansen available online.
For decades, Michael Petzet and his life's work as a monument conservator and art historian followed the motto of the International Day of Monuments and Sites 2020: "Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility".
Read the brochure here.
German Texts on Theory and Practice of Heritage Conservation for the First Time in English and French
Important German-language texts on theory and practice of monument conservation, among them “classics” of principle formation in modern conservation, are only seldom reflected and quoted in foreign-language heritage publications. This is largely due to the fact that there are no translations. On the initiative of Bénédicte Selfslagh (ICOMOS Belgium), the four German-speaking ICOMOS National Committees of Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland therefore decided to make crucial German texts on heritage conservation available in other languages.
Thanks to the generous support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a decision of the German Bundestag, ICOMOS Germany has been able to make seven selected essays by art historians, architects, heritage conservators and journalists on central topics of conservation accessible as open-access resources in German, English and French and in their full length.
This online publication is also meant as a contribution to the preparation and discussion of a publication project in the ICOMOS series “MONUMENTA” which the German-speaking National Committees of ICOMOS are planning for the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) with its slogan “Sharing Heritage – Reflecting Heritage”. The presidents of the four German-speaking ICOMOS National Committees intend to translate a selection of programmatic texts published in the German-speaking countries since the European Architectural Heritage Year 1975 and to publish them as vol. IV of the MONUMENTA series.
We owe thanks to the editors of the seven texts, the Association of Federal Conservationists in Germany, the Bavarian State Office for Monument Conservation, the Deutscher Kunstverlag, kunsttexte.de, and especially the authors for allowing us to publish their essays once again and to make them accessible in English and French.