Restoration and reconstruction of the New Museum in Berlin

Niobe hall

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.[/bra_blockquote]

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.

Publications:
Jörg Breitenfeldt, Alexandra Skedzuhn, Niobidensaal. in: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin [Hrsg.], et al.: Das Neue Museum Berlin – Konservieren, Restaurieren, Weiterbauen im Welterbe. Leipzig: Seemann, 2009

Uwe de Maizière, Alexandra Skedzuhn, Wandbilder im Römischen Saal und im Niobidensaal. in: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin [Hrsg.], et al.: Das Neue Museum Berlin – Konservieren, Restaurieren, Weiterbauen im Welterbe. Leipzig: Seemann, 2009

Jörg Breitenfeldt, Alexandra Skedzuhn, Conservation and restoration of wall surfaces in the Niobidensaal (Conservación y restauratión de las superficies del muro en la Niobidensaal) in: Restauratción & Rehabilitación – Revista  Internacional del Partimonio Histórico Septiembre ‐ Diciembre 2010. Valencia 2010

Client:

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Execution period:

2006 – 2009