Volkmann-Treffen 2013

Berlin, October 25. - 27. 2013
in collaboration with 
Museum of Islamic Art
Museum Island, Pergamon Museum
Berlin-Mitte, Am Kupfergraben

"Conserving - Restoring"

Ladies and Gentlemen,
dear Friends,

"Conserving - Restoring", all of us interested in textile art works, will be confronted with this question in treating a highly esteemed and/or beloved textile.

Should the large hole, which really hurts the appearance of the rug, be closed by means of re-weaving? What to do when voracious moths have done their job on a textile? Can an object treated for its protection with biocides be decontaminated or what needs to be done to seriously lessen the effect of pesticides? Are there possibilities for the removal of dirt and encrusted matter on fibers without potentially permanent damage? What treatment is required to stop material related corrosion, like the change of the PH value in cotton fabric? Can a wet cleaning help or does washing in an aerosol establishment lead to the desired success?

We have questions upon questions looking for answers. In preparing for this conference it became evident, that a young generation of highly qualified textile restorers has the competence to answer these questions, because of their scientific knowledge to clarify these problems gained during their studies and the practical experience during their following professional career.

Last year the textile workshop of the Museum for Islamic Art had the fortune to move into new rooms in the Archäolgisches Zentrum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 6 in Berlin-Mitte, and thus Anna Beselin invites us on the afternoon of Friday, October 25, 2013 to guided tours of the textile workshops in separate groups of maximally 20 persons, both in German and English.

Worldwide several important museums have been closed for years because of their treasures of Islamic art, or will not be accessible for a certain period for renovation of its galleries. The Museum für Islamische Kunst will now join the ranks of these museums and its reopening is planned for 2019.

Not only the Mshatta Façade will find a new space but the future presentation of the rug collection of the museum also requires new concepts. Large-scale challenges are in store for the museum.

Before the carpets will be taken to the depots for an unforeseeable duration, the participants of the Volkmann Treffen 2013 have a fine opportunity for study and contemplation, and it is a special delight that this year's meeting can once more be held in the Theodor-Wiegand-Saal of the Pergamonmuseum.

I cordially invite you to Berlin for the weekend of October 25. to 27, 2013.

With best regards

Christian Erber für Volkmann-Treffen 2013

Please note:

The meeting begins on Oct. 25 with the evening opening of the carpet galleries of the Museum für Islamische Kunst at 18.30 and the subsequent opening talk of Regula Schorta in the Mshatta Saal of the museum at 19.15, introducing the topic of the meeting.

The Volkmann Treffen 2013 will then be continued with contributions on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27.

Theodor-Wiegand-Saal of the Pergamonmuseum,
Am Kupfergraben 5, 10178 Berlin.

For the evening of Saturday, Oct. 26 we have planned a dinner for the participants of the meeting at the Restaurant "Humboldt 2" of the Hotel Park Inn, Berlin-Alexander-Platz.
The cost of the buffet of Euro 17 per person plus drinks will have to be paid by the individual participants.

Please remember that it is never too late for registration!
But, early registrations facilitate the work.

You can stay at the Hotel Park Inn Berlin - Alexanderplatz which is in walking distance from the Museum of Islamic Art.
We were able to obtain special rates available under the password “Volkmanntreffen 2013” at Euro 119 for a double room, Euro 109 for a single room per night, incl. all taxes. Please keep in mind that availability of rooms is not limited until the beginning of October. Thereafter the hotel reserves the right to limit availability unrestricted until Sept. 24, restricted until Sept. 29. All rooms have showers or baths and WC and the breakfast buffet is included in the room price (ask for a violett room key Spagos).

Please make your own reservations as soon as possible.
  Hotel Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz
Am Alexanderplatz
10178 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0) 30 - 23 89 - 4333
Fax: +49 (0) 30 - 23 89 - 4546

NB: The Volkmann Treffen 2014 will take place in collaboration with the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin from October 24 to 26, 2014.

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Copyright © Christian Erber 2013