Museums as central places of material cultural heritage are an integral part of European cities. They are witnesses and expressions of our cultural self-image. However, the exhibits preserved in museums are also subject to the effects of natural aging or violent damage. They require continuous care. Restorers specialize in the protection and sustainable preservation of cultural assets collected in museums. The cultural heritage characterizes their everyday life, their professional life. Restorers predominantly work "behind the scenes" in European museums and collections, so that their work and their very intimate knowledge of the artefacts and works of art collected and stored there are rarely accessible to the general public. In Berlin, and here especially at the Staatliche Museen, there are more specialists in preserving European and non-European cultural assets than anywhere else in Germany with about 100 restorers.
Therefore, the working group of the leading conservators of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin plans to use the cultural heritage year 2018 to present the special experiences of the restorers that they experience in their everyday lives with and for the cultural heritage to a broad public. The participants should be sensitized and enthused about the peculiarity, beauty and sensitivity of the cultural heritage - experience the cultural heritage in Berlin from a new perspective!
This takes the form of a varied program of lectures and guided tours through exhibitions, restoration studios and depots. The event aims to reach as many people of all ages as possible, from 6 to 99 years of age, and to invite them to the museums without barriers and inhibitions, in order to meet the exhibits with a completely new look and to come closer than otherwise possible. People visit "their" museums and experience there that "their cultural heritage" is part of their self-image and not self-evident.
The protagonists of the project day are those who put their working lives at the service of preserving our cultural heritage: the restorers.