14th International Conference of Conservation-Restoration Studies (Zagreb 2017)


This year’s 14th International Conference of Conservation-Restoration Studies will be held in Zagreb, on April 20th – 22nd 2017 at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts.

The aims of the conference are primarily the presentation of conservation and restoration work that students have conducted throughout the academic year or as part of an ongoing conservation project, presentation of theses, published papers etc. through talks and posters. With our Conference, we aim to promote exchange of experience and ideas, research in the field of conservation, and to strengthen connections with our colleagues from Croatia and abroad.

The conference is open only to students. Students can present their work and experiences in the field of conservation through oral presentations/talks and posters.

The conference programme will be divided into several thematic sessions according to the number of qualified papers. The conference will be open to the public. The conference will be held in English, and it is the recommendation of the Organizing Committee that domestic students prepare all talks in English.

For authors who plan to hold talks in Croatian, presentation’s slides must contain all relevant information concerning its subject and content in English, so that the participants who do not speak Croatian could follow it.

The invitation for participants with guidelines for oral presentation and poster applications can be found on the link below.

pdfOKIRU Conference 2017 - Call for presentations and posters448.77 KB

We remind authors that submitting a full paper of their presentations is mandatory. Submission deadline will be announced at a later stage. Submitted full papers will be published on the Conference website. Guidelines for papers can be found here.

Important dates can be found here.



Teachers of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art of the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb:

Domagoj Šatović This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Tamara Ukrainčik This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Zvjezdana Jembrih This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Neva Pološki This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Suzana Damiani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Alem Korkut This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Danko Friščić This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Ana Božičević This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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The Organizing Committee can be reached @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Thursday - April 20th 2017

09:00 Registration desk | Tea & Coffee

09:45 Aleksandar Battista Ilić, Dean of Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, ALU - Welcome speech 
Domagoj Šatović, Head of Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, ALU - Welcome speech, acknowledgements and information

10:30 Alicja Sawoniuk - Titanium Dioxide Photocatalytic Coatings for Cleaning Wall Painting Surfaces 
10:45 Iva Carević, Katija Maškarić, Mia Perković - Importance of restoration and conservation of the historical book 
11:00 Marcell Miklós - The conservation of an African sword with scabbard made of skins of Nile reptiles 
11:15 Maja Potrawiak - The conservation of the painting with the depiction of Madonna and Child of Cracow Hodegetria type from church in Przyłęk Szlachecki. The reconstruction of the background based on existing grounds.

11:45 Coffee Break | 1st Poster Session | Introducing Archetype Publications Ltd. | workshop visit

12:00 Mia Prahin - The examples of detachment of wall paintings practices on Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art 
12:15 Tea Borovina - Conservation and Restoration of an Oleography 
12:30 Katarina Milosavljević - Carved stone from the archaeological collection of the late Middle Ages, Gravestone - Krstaca 
12:45 Paulina Kralka - The wayang klitik (kerucil) javanese puppet theatre – research and conservation of five puppets from the National Museum of Ethnography in Warsaw collection.

13:00 Information on second day activities | 2nd Poster Session | workshop visit

13:30 Lunch at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ilica 85 | Free time

16:00 Round table concerning current issues in the Conservation-Restoration profession in Croatia | Discussion of the proposed Regulations on professional vocations in Conservation-Restoration field | Meeting with the Croatian Conservation-Restoration Association


Friday - April 21st 2017

The second day of the conference is reserved for an excursion for active participants (i.e. presentation and poster authors, their mentors and guests) to the area south and southeast of Zagreb that encompasses the confluence of the rivers Sava and Kupa and the historical region of Turopolje. This area is rich in multiple cultural influences spanning from prehistory over the Celtic Age and the Antiquity to Late Antiquity and the Migration Period, with the medieval culture being extensively researched lately.

The focal point, Segestica to the Celts, Siscia to the Romans and an early medieval Christian centre, the city of Sisak, known today for its early industrial architecture and its rapid decline after the fall of the socialist regime, is being recognised of late and efforts are put into its validating and conservation. During the Ottoman conquest, the region, once covered in forests, fields, pastures and inhabited by lower nobility, was devastated and depopulated, up until the Baroque era, when under the influence of traditional culture we see a reflourishing of authentic religious and secular art. Quaint wooden churches, with ornamentally decorated exteriors and lavishly painted interiors and rich polychrome furnishings represent extremely valuable ensembles, well coalesced with their surroundings. Unfortunately, during the Croatian War of Independence, many of the buildings were targeted and their frailty in today's eroded cultural and ecological system demands of our profession exemplary activity for their preservation.

The chapel of Saint Barbara in Velika Mlaka, once an unassuming village chapel, was constructed in the 17th century, with additions made throughout the 18th and 19th century. Conservation-restoration work was carried out during the 1990s and the church now represents a uniform complex of exceptional value, with a few iconographical curiosities that will surely pique our interest.

The chapel of Saint John the Baptist (Saint Apostle) in Buševac is an example of recent conservation work, that has seen this piece of folk religious architecture be rescued from deterioration. The chapel was erected in the 17th century and extended in the 18th, so that the chapel space became its new sanctuary. It is lavishly painted in the folk manner, dating from the second half of the 17th century. It is home to a valuable altar from the end of the 17th century, that by a Johannes Komersteiner's follower. The unknown sculptor from Tyrol introduced this region with elements of European Baroque sculpture.

Letovanić is a village near the river Kupa, and the chapel of Saint Fabian and Sebastian, built in the 18th century with a 20th-century porch, resonates even today with the traditional way of life in this area. The recent renovation of the chapel and restoration of its completely painted interior introduced a spirit of renewal into the village, once known for its traditional architecture and richly embroidered clothing. The ethnographic collection in a nearby traditional wooden house preserves fragments of rural life.

Conservation-restoration work in the Chapel of Saint Martin in Stari Brod has been awarded this year's Europa Nostra award in the category of heritage preservation. The work was carried out by the Croatian Conservation Institute in cooperation with the Diocese of Sisak. The chapel was built in the early 17th century, and expanded, painted and furnished during the 18th century. Over time it had been exposed to numerous floods, it deteriorated, and during the War of Independence its furnishings were evacuated. Despite all this, it has been in liturgical function all that time and can be seen today in its entirety.

The chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Stara Drenčina displays a historical stratigraphy from the 17th century till today, including the injuries it had suffered in 1991, during the War of Independence. The damage brought forward older layers and painted surfaces of its interior. The construction of the chapel was taken apart during the renovation and again assembled into a representative whole, together with its valuable interior.

The chapel of Saint Peter and Paul in Bok Palanječki is situated in the middle of the village at the bend of river Sava. Next to it are a few traditionally built village houses, called čardak, with stone spolia from ancient Siscia that were discovered in the foundations of one of them. The chapel and its rich polychrome furnishings are undergoing very complex conservation-restoration work, as a result of years of neglect, including its wooden construction being overlaid with inadequate plaster that has drastically deteriorated the wood.

The excursion will end in Sisak, with lunch in a restaurant located in the historical fortress of the Old Town, overlooking the river Sava. This lowland fortification, built in the 16th century, played a crucial part in protecting the Croatian territory in the Battle of Sisak in 1593, between Ottoman forces and a Habsburg Christian army from the Kingdom of Croatia and Inner Austria. Today it houses the Sisak Municipal Museum.

Author: Zvjezdana Jembrih, translation: Barbara Horvat Kavazović, editor: Miona Muštra

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Saturday - April 22nd 2017

09:00 Tea & Coffee

09:30 Petra Bohinc, Helena Pucelj Krajnc - Issues on preservation of heritage in Plečnik's house 
09:45 Ana Oblak - The Ecce Homo Painting by Leopold Layer: Identifying Problems and Solutions 
10:00 Barbara Dragan - Consolidation of Stone Sculptures Using the Biomineralization Method

10:15 Introduction into the ‘Zvonimir Wyroubal’ award - voting

10:30 Coffee Break | 3st Poster Session | workshop visit

11:00 ‘Zvonimir Wyroubal’ award

12:00 Conference conclusion



Conference venue

14th International Conference of Conservation and Restoration Studies will be held at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (link).

Zamenhofova ulica 14 (link) 10000 Zagreb, Croatia


How to reach us

Public transportation in Zagreb is provided by the Zagreb Municipal Transit System or ZET (Zagrebački Električni Tramvaj) that specializes in passenger transportation in the city of Zagreb and one part of the Zagreb County. It maintains a wide network of tram and bus lines, and a short line funicular. It also connects Zagreb airport with the city centre, with lines running between the main bus station and the Pleso airport.

If you use public transport, you can buy a ticket at a local newspaper stand, a ZET store or in the vehicle. All tickets are valid for both trams and buses, but not for the funicular. One ticket in daily transport will cost you 10 kn or about 1.3 € and is valid for 90 minutes, but there are also tickets valid for half an hour at 4 kn or 0.54¢ in the first zone. A night transport ticket costs 15 kn (about 2 €).

Also available are daily and a 3-day tickets that cost 30 kn (4 €) and 70 kn (9 €) respectively.

Please keep in mind that the currency in Croatia is the Croatian kuna (HRK).

The map of daily transport lines is available here.

The map of night transport lines is available here.



Accommodation for students and mentors can be found in several hostels in close proximity to the conference location. We recommend several nearest to us:

Hobo Bear Hostel, Medulićeva 4, 10000 Zagreb (link)

Brit Hostel, Andrije Kačića Miošića 3/1-3/2, 10000 Zagreb (link)

Swanky Mint Hostel, Ilica 50, 10000 Zagreb (link)

Hotel Ilica, Ilica 102, 10000 Zagreb (link)

Hostel Shappy, Varšavska 8, 10000 Zagreb