Three museums, two earthquakes: The experience of three Zagreb museums in the salvage of earthquake-damaged collections

SENTA PosterAuthor: Iva Senta
Mentor: Sagita Mirjam Sunara, PhD, Associate Professor

University of Split, Arts Academy, Department of Conservation-Restoration (Croatia)
Study programme: Intergrated undergraduate and graduate program of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Easel paintings and Polychrome wood (3rd year of study)

In the early morning hours of March 22, 2020, a powerful earthquake hit Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, causing severe damage to a number of museums. On December 29, 2020 an even stronger earthquake hit Petrinja and Sisak area, which is around 50 kilometres southeast of Zagreb. Second-year conservation-restoration students of the Arts Academy in Split attended an online event in January 2021, in which three museum professionals from Zagreb talked about the damages that their museum buildings and collections suffered during the March 2020 earthquake, the salvage operations that followed, and the plans for the long-term recovery of their institutions. The speakers represented the Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. The talks were organised as part of the course Written documentation and communication skills in conservation-restoration. This poster gives a brief overview of the information presented, and explains what conservation-restoration students can learn from such experiences.

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SENTA Iva mShort biography
IVA SENTA comes from Metković, Croatia. She was born on November 27, 2000. Iva completed her primary and secondary school education in her hometown. She also finished elementary music school in Metković. While she attended the gymnasium, she took part in the Erasmus+ program „Following the Footprints of the Emperors“. Visual arts, especially cultural heritage and its preservation, have always captured her attention. She decided to study conservation-restoration and enrolled in the Arts Academy in Split in the academic year 2019/2020.