The Niobidensaal [Niobe hall] was only slightly damaged during the war and is one of the most completely retained rooms in the Neues Museum, alongside the Vaterländischen Saal [Fatherland hall], Flachkuppel Saal [Flat dome hall] and Roten Saal [Red hall]. Nevertheless, the damage resulting from decades of laying ruin after the war and the natural ageing of the materials with a large number of work and mounting techniques was severe. The reconstruction and restoration of the New Museum’s ruins on museum island in Berin is one of the most important of its kind in Europe. The collection of buildings on museum island is considered to be the Acropolis of the north.
The primary aim of the work was the preservation of the existing inventory of the original substance. The planned additions to the plaster and coloring should merely achieve an harmonic, closed and visually unified appearance thanks to the varying states of the contrasting surfaces. Signs of age should not be removed.