11th International Conference of Conservation-Restoration Studies (Zagreb 2014)


For eleven consecutive years Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, the only Croatian cities with an established conservation and restoration study programme have been alterative hosts of the conference intended for Croatian and international students of conservation and restoration studies.

This year’s 11th International Conference of Conservation and Restoration Studies will be held in Zagreb, on April 24th - 26th 2014 at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts. As this year we had had inquiries from many of our international colleagues, the Organizing Committee has decided to hold the conference in English.


The aims of the conference are primeraly 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 official language of the conference is English, for talks as well as posters.

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

pdfCall for participants and guidelines for oral presentations and posters.pdf52.09 KB



The deadline for presentation applications is April 6th 2014.

The deadline for poster application is April 6th 2014. This deadline is set early to allow time for the posters to be included in the conference programme before printing. 
IMPORTANT: The poster application must include the finished poster in .pdf file format!

The deadline for full papers is May 25th 2014.

The Conference will be held on April 24th - 26th 2014.

The posters will be exhibited from April 24th - 26th 2014.



Teachers of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art

Neva Pološki, Assistant Professor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: #cf1f18; text-decoration: none;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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April 24th 2014 (Thursday)

09:00 Registration desk | Breakfast | Tea & Coffee

Peruško Bogdanić, Dean of Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, ALU Welcome speech 
Alem Korkut, Head of Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, ALU Welcome speech 
Neva Pološki, Head of Organizing Committee Welcome speech, acknowledgements and information


10:30 Maria Kisiel - The splitting treatment on the obverse of the right, smaller wing of the Łącko Triptych from the beginning of the XVI century
10:45 Helena Ugrina - Is crust black or white? A study in Croatian conservation–restoration terminology
11:00 Ana Maly, Julia Mitterbauer, Marco Rican - Developing carbon-fibre reinforced epoxy dowels for the reassembly of a fragmented egyptian coffin lid

11:15 Coffee Break | 1st Poster Session | Archetype Publications presentation

11:45 Ivan-Vanja Martinović, Mirna Međeral, Ivana Pavleka - Workshop experiences - materials and methods in wall painting conservation 
12:00 Rebeka Nagy - The restoration of a Persian hand-armour 
12:15 Luka Novak, Anica Pintur - Interfacultative collaboration of the Department for Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts with the Department for Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb

12:30 2nd Poster Session | workshop visit

13:00 Lunch Break

14:30 Joanna Zwinczak - Structural conservation of a Flemish panel painting by Adriaen de Gryef. Stabilization of the support 
14:45 Barbara Krilanović - The skeleton of hand fans 
15:00 Valentina Bakša - Wooden polychrome sculpture Suffering Christ from the Diocesan Museum in Zagreb

15:15 Information on second day activities


April 25th 2014 (Friday)


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 Hrvatsko Zagorje.

Hrvatsko Zagorje is a culturally and historically significant region, located northwest from Zagreb and very rich in cultural heritage - many burgs, castles, churches and small village chapels testify to the legacy of centuries of German, Austrian and Hungarian rule with a specific local character. Its continuous history can be traced from prehistoric times. The earliest finds include the largest and most abundant site of Neanderthal man in Europe (near Krapina) as well as traces of organized human settlements from the Bronze Age. Archeological finds confirm settlements persisted under Roman rule around many coal mines and plentiful thermal springs. The precarious middle ages were marked with building of many secluded castles and fortresses at high altitudes, encircled by hamlets. Later, this region served as a refugium for common people and nobility during times other Croatian provinces were under threat of Ottoman invasion. It is in the baroque period that most of the religious and secular architecture and interiors assumed their present appearance, especially evident in splendid cycles of altar polychromy within churches. Today, Zagorje is sparsely inhabited, due to the proximity of Zagreb.

Pavlovec Pregradski - The excursion will start with a visit to the small chapel of St. Donatus in Pavlovec Pregradski, a peculiar and so far little known baroque chapel, dating from the early 18th century with a rich inventory of polychrome altar pieces.

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Vinagora - Next in the itinerary is the Parish church of Virgin Mary of Pilgrimage in Vinagora, a typical baroque church encircled by a wall with arcades opening towards the church. The interior displays rich wall paintings and polychrome altars from the baroque and classicistic periods.

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Veliki Tabor - The excursion continues with a visit to Veliki Tabor, an exemplary structure of late mediaeval fortification architecture, dating from the 12th to the 16th century. Most of the castle was built by the Croatian noble family Rattkay. It is presently a museum undergoing renovations since 2008. 

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A lunch break is scheduled after the visit to Veliki Tabor and organized nearby at Grešna Gorica (Hill of Sin), offering an atmosphere of genuine Zagorje scenery, traditional food and a wonderful view of Veliki Tabor.

Ivanić Miljanski - The last stop of the excursion is the church of St. John in Ivanić Miljanski, a small and inconspicuous church, where recently a truly magnificent cycle of late gothic wall paintings was uncovered, dating from the middle of the 15th century. 

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For all other participants, visits have been organized to two museums in Zagreb - the Museum of Arts and Crafts (Muzej za umjetnosti i obrt - MUO) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Muzej suvremene umjetnosti - MSU). The participants will be able to choose which museum they wish to visit and sign up at the registration desk on Thursday, 24th of April. The visit will include a guided tour of the museum conservation studios and free admittance to the museum’s permanent collection.


April 26th 2014 (Saturday)

09:00 Tea & Coffee

09:30 Anna Pilarski - Research on flexible gap fillers for wooden objects, based on the work of Mintrop 
09:45 Ksenija Janković - Preventive conservation of daguerreotypes in Slovenia 
10:00 Petra Richter - Conservation and restoration of the painting The Adoration of the Three Kings

10:15 Coffee Break | 3st Poster Session | Snack buffet

10:45 Oskar Hanusek - The problem of contemporary artwork’s conservation in the context of the artist’s notes and works: a case study of Maria Pinińska-Bereś’s The Meadow of Your Body - an artwork made using polymer foam 
11:00 Petra Juvan - A proposal to establish a more suitable micro-indoor environment for the two paintings by Valentin Metzinger in the Succursal Church of Žale, Kamnik

11:15 Introduction into the ‘Zvonimir Wyroubal’ award - voting

11:20 Ivan Tibor Gruić - Short video documentary: conservation and restoration works on the sculpture of St. Michael the Archangel

11:30 Coffee break | Snack buffet

12:00 ‘Zvonimir Wyroubal’ award

13:00 Conference conclusion



11th 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.

Academy of Fine Arts
Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art
Zamenhofova 14, Zagreb HR-10000
Tel.: 385 (1) 4821-138




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 need to use public transport, you can buy a ticket at a local newspaper stand or a ZET store. The 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. 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.


Tickets for public transport can be bought inside some vehicles like buses, and are somewhat more expensive. All tickets are valid for both trams and buses, but not for the funicular.


The validation machines for single tickets are available at the first and last trams entrances. Validate your ticket once on board; controls are frequent and random, and the experience of getting caught is both embarrassing and costly.


The map of daily transport lines is available here: pdfZET daily trams572.66 KB


The map of nigh transport lines is available here:pdfZET night trams1.26 MB


Depending on where you’re arriving from, if you reach the central square in Zagreb, i.e. Trg bana Josipa Jelačića (Ban Josip Jelačić Square), you will find yourself within walking distance to the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts, which are situated at different locations. Head west from the main square, down Ilica Street, and within 10 minutes you will reach Britanski trg (Britanski Square).


The Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art is a separate building located at Zamenhofova ulica (Zamenhofova Street) in Zagreb. It is just a 7 min walk from Britanski trg (Britanski Square). Head north from the square and turn right in Nazorova Street. Follow the street until it begins to makes a sharp left turn, stay to your right and continue straight up in Zamenhofova Street. The Department is located at number 14.


The main building of the Academy of Fine Arts is located in Ilica 85, just one minute walk down Ilica from Britanski trg (Britanski Square). You are welcome to visit our other departments and look around!



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

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

Swanky Mint Hostel, Ilica 50, 10000 Zagreb

Guest House Ilicki Plac, Britanski trg 1, 10000 Zagreb

Hotel Ilica, Ilica 102, 10000 Zagreb

Rooms Grahor, Prilaz Gjure Deželića 34, 10000 Zagreb

Hostel Shappy, Varšavska 8, 10000 Zagreb

Tia Apartments, Prilaz Gjure Deželića 25, 10000 Zagreb

Hostel My Way, Trpimirova 4/1, 10000 Zagreb

Day & Night hostel, Kneza Mislava 1, 10000 Zagreb