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Study Tour to Gamzigrad / FELIX ROMULIANA

Within the framework of the project  “World Heritage – Terminology, Criteria and its Role“ – that started on April 18th 2012 as a part of activities dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention – the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia has already organized several study tours and round tables with the aim of keeping on with further discussion on WH in Serbia.

In this regard, on September 2nd 2017, ICOMOS Serbia organized a one-day tour to Gamzigrad, an archaeological site inscribed on the WH List (2007). ICOMOS members were acquainted with the conservation and restauration of this unique  ancient Roman complex of palaces and temples

Gamzigrad
Gamzigrad
Gamzigrad

 

 

 

 

After this, they visited the villages of Negotinske Pivnice (on the Serbian Tentative list for inscription on the WHL). These rural settlements, consisting of wine cellars which date back to the mid-19th century, are located in an area famous for its vineyards ever since ancient times.

Pivnice
19th General Assembly in New Delhi

19th General Assembly in New Delhi, ICOMOS Advisory Committee and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy" were held 11-15 December 2017, in New Delhi, India. Representatives of 65 national committees, approximately 1000 participants and guests from 113 countries attended the Assembly. The new ICOMOS Board has been elected for the period 2017 - 2020: President Mr Toshiyuki Kono (Japan), Secretary General Mr Peter Phillips (Australia) and Ms Laura Robinson (South Africa) who was elected again as Treasurer General. Vice Presidents are: Mr Leonardo Castriota (Brazil), Mr Alpha Diop (Mali), Mr Rohit Jigyasu (India), Mr Grellan Rourke (Ireland) and Mr Mario Santana Quintero (Canada). The members of the Board are: Mr Nils Ahlberg (Sweden), Ms Riin Alatalu (Estonia), Ms Adriana Careaga (Uruguay), Ms Zeynep Gül Ünal (Turkey), Ms Suk Young Han (Korea), Ms Pamela Jerome (USA), Mr Jiang Bo (China), Ms Elena Korka (Greece), Ms Teresa Patricio (Belgium), Ms Clara Rellensmann (Germany), Mr Jean-Christophe Simon (France) and Ms Hatthaya Siriphatthanakun (Thailand). The President of the Advisory Committee is still Ms Sheridan Burke (Australia), the coordinator of the Scientific Council is Mr James Reap (USA) and the Honorary Presidents are Mr Gustavo Araoz (USA), Mr Michael Petzet (Germany) and Mr Roland Silva (Sri Lanka)
Scientific Symposium was titled "Heritage and Democracy" and several doctrinal texts were adopted: ICOMOS-IFLA Principles Concerning Rural Landscapes as Heritage, ICOMOS-IFLA Document on Historic Urban Public Parks, SALALAH Guidelines for the Management of Public Archaeological Sites, Principles for the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage, as well as the final document of the scientific symposium, Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy.

 

New Issue of "Modern Conservation"

The jubilee, fifth edition of "Modern Conservation" came out of the press in late December, thanks to the continued funding from the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, and was published by the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia.
This year, the magazine covers the works of the authors, mainly ICOMOS members, from the country and abroad, who provide the latest breakthroughs from practice, as well as from the history, theory and philosophy of conservation. The interview with Professor Wilfried Lipp, President of the National Committee ICOMOS Austria and Vice-President of the ICOMOS European Group (2008-2011), brings an innovation – at the request of a large number of Modern Conservation readers, this year's interview was printed both in Serbian and English.
Improvement of knowledge and the ethics-based practice is still the main goal of the editor of the magazine, as can be seen in the selection of papers – covering almost all areas of today's understanding of the cultural heritage concept – and in the selection of international documents that have contributed to the development and understanding of this concept.

 

MoKo 2017
April 18th - International Day of Monuments and Sites

Since United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, ICOMOS proposed "Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism" as the theme for this year's celebration of the April 18th. National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, in cooperation with the Smederevo Museum and the Regional Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monumments in Smederevo, dedicated this day to the Smederevo Fortress (15th century), the cultural property on the WH Tentative List of the Republic of Serbia. After two-hour expert tour of the fortress (guided by Dejan Radovanović, archaeologist) and the presentation of the level of research, state of conservation and the treatment of the fortress in the strategic plans of the city of Smederevo, the Round Table "Smederevo Fortress and Sustainable Tourism for Development of the City" was held. The members of NC ICOMOS Serbia, professionals from the cultural heritage protection field, citizens and representatives of the local community's institutions participated in an interactive discussion, moderated by Snežana Jejić, architect, member of the NC ICOMOS Serbia.
It was focused on the basic issues concerning the use of this monumental complex in relation to the risks and constraints caused by further research and conservation as well as the potentials and possibilities of using the fortress as the touristic resource which would contribute to the social, cultural and economic benefit of the local community and vice versa to the preservation and better maintenance of the cultural heritage. It was concluded that it is necessary to start the development of the management plan that would enable greater integration of other Smederevo's cultural and natural values, the affirmation of the touristic potentials of the city and its connecting with the reference points of the European cultural routes with the Danube as their spatial backbone.

Smederevo

 

Smederevo Smederevo

 

Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia

Regular Electorial Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia was held on February 3rd 2017, in the cinema hall of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade.
Ms Branka Šekarić, President of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, submitted the triennial report on the work of the National Committee for the period January 2014 - January 2017, while the financial report for 2016 was presented by Mr Miladin Lukić, on behalf of the Supervisory Board. Both documents were unanimously adopted.
On the proposal of the Executive Board, the President and the Supervisory Board in the current composition were re-elected and four members of the Executive Board, who were no longer able to perform the tasks in the authority of this Board due to various reasons, have been replaced by new members, all by secret ballot. President Ms Branka Šekarić presented the program guidelines for the next three-year period that were adopted by the Assembly as well. As in previous years, she expressed her gratitude to the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade and the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, for the understanding and support they have been providing for the National Committee.

 

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2016
New Issue of "Modern Conservation"

Like in previous years, at the end of December 2016 a new edition of "Modern Conservation" was published by the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, and funded by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.
As a part of an international association where the commitment to improving skills, learning about the latest trends and modern methodologies are traditionally present, the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia is obliged to be committed to respect the principles of modern conservation and promotion of heritage values ​​and diversity. The launch of this journal in 2013 was a step in that direction and one of the most important tasks of the National Committee’s program.
Through regular sections: History, Theory, Philosophy of Conservation; Conservation Practices; Interview; International Documents and Reviews, the fourth issue of "Modern Conservation" presents a number of interesting papers. The tradition of the publication of foreign authors’ contributions continues which is in line with the concept of the magazine committed to increasing knowledge and promoting ethically based conservation practices.
After extremely positive reactions to interviews with notable personalities from the world of conservation in previous issues, the new issue includes an interview with well-known German and international expert and long-time president of the International ICOMOS - Michael Pezet.

 

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April 18th - International Day of Monuments and Sites

The theme of this year's celebration of the April 18th - International Day of Monuments and Sites - was The Heritage of Sport. On this occasion, on April 18th 2016, the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, in cooperation with the Museum of Yugoslav History (www.mij.rs), organized an expert tour of the exhibition "To Be a Falcon Is to Be a Yugoslav", dedicated to the so called Sokol (the falcon) Association, that had been aimed to promote gymnastic physical exercises and moral values among Slavic nations. The tour was guided by the author of the project, Ms. Veselinka Kastratović Ristić, and the co-authors of the exhibition Ms. Jovana Karaulić and Ms. Vladana Putnik. Thereafter, the Round table "The Architecture of the Falcons' Centers - Conservation and Presentation" was held, moderated by Mr. Nenad Lajbenšperger, historian, member of NC ICOMOS Serbia. Starting from the observation that in Serbia the heritage of sport relate mostly to the architecture of the second half of the 19th and the 20th century, the discussion was focused on the conservation of the Falcons' Centers as well as other sports facilities characteristic for the period after the Second World War. The emphasis was on the valorization of this type of heritage in relation to their architectural values ​​and/or historical significance, the scope of conservation interventions allowed in those facilities which are still in their primary function, as well as the reasons for their devastation in the mid-20th century, but also in the transition period during the last decade and a half. It was concluded that this April 18th, just like the previous ones, drew attention to the specific category of heritage, with the basic idea to increase knowledge about the topic that is in the focus of the manifestation and to hasten the work on its evaluation and obtaining the legal status, all in order to enable the proper protection and presentation.

Izlozba

Exhibition To Be a Falcon Is To Be a Yugoslav

Izlozba

 

 

Izlozba

 

 

Sokolski dom Subotica

Subotica, Falcons Centre (1933)

 

Sokolski dom Beogard

Belgrade, Falcons Centre (1936)

Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia

On January 29th 2016, the Annual General Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia was held in Belgrade. The Assembly was opened by the president of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, Ms Branka Šekarić who submitted a detailed report on the activities of the National Committee in 2015, while, on behalf of the Supervising Board, Mr Miladin Lukić submitted a financial report for the same period. Both reports were unanimously adopted. B. Šekarić presented the program guidelines for the current year (2016) that were also adopted as well as two Executive Board's decisions: Decision on Establishing of the Sub-committees of the NC ICOMOS Serbia and Decision on the Cooptation of the New Members for the Executive Board. After the session, the third issue of "Modern Conservation” was promoted, published by NC ICOMOS Serbia in December 2015.
Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade complementary hosted the Assembly in its cinema hall, recognizing as in previous years the work of the NC ICOMOS Serbia.

 

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2015

New Issue of "Modern Conservation"

In the last week of December 2015, the third edition of "Modern conservation" has been published by the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. Through regular sections: History, theory, philosophy of conservation; Conservation practice; Interview; International Documents and Reviews, this issue includes large number of interesting articles and continues with the tradition of publishing the papers of domestic and foreign authors whose contribution is in line with the concept of a magazine that advocates for the improvement of discipline, increasing of knowledge and ethically based conservation practice. The new issue includes an interview with Stefano De Caro, Director General of ICCROM.

 

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International Day on Monuments and Sites

On Thursday, April 16th 2015, the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia celebrated the International Day on Monuments and Sites (18 April) by organizing the round table "50th Anniversary of ICOMOS: Importance of International Cooperation for the Conservation of National Heritage". On behalf of the Faculty of Architecture where the round table was held, the participants were welcomed by the professor Mirjana Roter Blagojević, PhD. The President of ICOMOS Serbia, Mrs. Branka Šekarić gave the introductory lecture on the importance of this jubilee, the concept of internationalism in the field of conservation and the history of ICOMOS, from 1965 till today. She initiated the discussion on the significance of the international cooperation for the preservation of the heritage at the national level. The importance of the ICOMOS was pointed out as it is the unique non-governmental organization of this type at the global level. It has been developing the activities in the field of conservation and preservation of monuments and sites and is committed to the enhancement of knowledge and raising the level of professionalism among its members for five decades. In the discussion that followed the importance of the continuity with ICOMOS International was underlined, the continuity that lasts even from the time of ex-Yugoslavia, who was among the founders of ICOMOS. The need to enhance the acquaintance of today experts in conservation with the work of ICOMOS and its goals was also accentuated, as well as with the results of international practice in general. In this regard it was noted that the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia has been remarkably contributing to the awareness of the significance of the international cooperation for the protection of own heritage, in particular since the launch of the journal Modern Conservation (2013).

On the occasion of 50th anniversary of ICOMOS and 18 April - International Day of Monuments and Sites, the exhibition of MA students' works "From Classicism to Art Nouveau - stylistic transformation of architecture in Serbia during the 19th and early 20th century in Serbia" was organized by the Faculty of Architecture.

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Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia

Annual General Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia was held on January 26th 2015, in the auditory of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade. The president of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, Ms Branka Šekarić submitted a report on the activities of the National Committee for the period January 2014 - January 2015, as well as the program for the forthcoming period until the next Assembly. On behalf of the Supervising Board, Mr Miladin Luki
presented a financial report for the period November 2013 - December 2014, which, like the previous two documents, was adopted unanimously.
At the end of the session, the second issue of "Modern Conservation” was promoted.

 

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2014

New Issue of "Modern Conservation"

At the end of December 2014 the second issue of "Modern Conservation" has been published by the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. This issue continues with the tradition of publishing articles written by both Serbian and foreign authors whose contribution is in line with the concept of the magazine, committed to promoting ethically based conservation practices and constructive dialogue between all stakeholders in the protection system, with the basic idea of improving discipline and increasing concern and responsibility for heritage preservation. The new issue includes an interview with the eminent Bulgarian and world expert in the field of architectural conservation, prof. dr Todor Krestev.

 

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International Day on Monuments and Sites

This year the celebration of April 18th - International Day on Monuments and Sites took place on April 23rd due to the Easter holidays. In accordance with the recommendation of ICOMOS Executive Committee to dedicate the year 2014 to the "Heritage of Commemoration", inter alia because of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, National Committee ICOMOS Serbia organized a visit to the complex of cemeteries in Roosevelt Str. in Belgrade: New Cemetery, Jewish Cemetery and The Cemetery of the Liberators of Belgrade. Particular interest was aroused by visiting the military cemeteries of French and Italian soldiers from the First World War, as well as the admittance in the recently restored Ossuary of the Defenders of Belgrade from 1914 to 1918. Further, the tour included the Graveyard of Eminent Citizens, Cemetery of the victims from the World War II, Graveyard of Meritorious Citizens, Russian Ossuary from 1934, Austro-Hungarian cemetery, as well as some of the monuments to the prominent personalities from Serbian history that are beyond the aforementioned graveyards.
Tour of Sephardic Jewish cemetery began in front of the monument to the soldiers who were killed "in past wars for salvation, freedom and unification of the Fatherland (1912-1919)", and continued by the main path, to the monument to the Jewish victims of fascism, a monumental sculptural work by architect Bogdan Bogdanović. Celebration of the International Day on Monuments and Sites was completed by a visit to the Cemetery of the Liberators of Belgrade and the Round table held in the homonymous school, when heritage of commemoration, its protection and particularities were discussed. Mr Nenad Lajbenšperger, historian, a member of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia was the author of the program for this year's event and the moderator of the Round Table.

International Day on Monuments and Sites 2014

 

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2013

Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia

Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia was held on December 16th 2013, in the auditory of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Serbia.
Ms Branka Šekarić, the president on the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, reported to the Assembly on the activities of the National Committee during the period from May 2012 to December 2013, while the financial report was, on behalf of the Supervising Board, presented by Ms Svetlana Bakić. Both documents were unanimously adopted.
The Assembly was meant to be an electoral one, but due to lack of quorum and in accordance with Article 26 of the Statute of the National Committee of ICOMOS Serbia, the agenda items relating to the election of the President, the Executive and Supervising Boards and to the plan for the next period, were delayed for a month. So the continuation of the Assembly session was held on January 17th 2014.
Thanks to the efforts and achievements in the previous mandate, hitherto president and members of the Executive and Supervising Boards were re-elected. The President Branka Šekarić presented the program guidelines for the next three years.

 

Promotion of "Modern Conservation"

The first issue of the "Modern Conservation" was promoted on November 22nd, 2013, published by the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia. The president of the National Committee, Ms Branka Šekarić is the author of the new journal's concept. It is conceived as an annual periodical, with sections on history, theory and philosophy of conservation, conservation practices, interview with important personalities from the world of conservation, translations of the current international documents and reviews of the books, conferences and other events related to the heritage protection.

 

Regional Meeting of Presidents and Representatives of ICOMOS National Committees

On Friday, November 22nd, 2013, the Regional meeting of presidents and representatives of ICOMOS national committees from the former Yugoslav republics was held in Belgrade, Serbia. In the context of Dubrovnik-Valletta principles adopted in 2009 in Malta, which advocate for enhanced regional cooperation, this meeting is the third (after those held in Ljubljana and Zagreb) where the cooperation of national committees from the territory of the former Yugoslavia is strengthened and the shared interests and concerns, as well as the ways of their solving, have been defined.

Regional meeting

 

Round Table on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of Cesare Brandi’s "Theory of Restoration"
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At the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, on November 22nd, 2013, a round table on "Actuality of Brandi’s Theoretical Thought" was organized in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Cesare Brandi’s "Theory of Restoration". The long and inspiring discussion was attended by the guests from the region and members of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia. The general conclusion is that the Brandi's theoretical thought is present in contemporary conservation more than we are aware, not only because it is a fundamental part in the matter of restoration/conservation and anthological synthesis whose theoretical model is widely accepted in all milieus that are seriously considering the preservation of heritage, but also because of the influence of the Brandi’s theoretical model to the creation of a number of international documents.

 

 

April 18 - International Day on Monuments and Sites

This year the ICOMOS Executive Committee proposed the theme “Heritage of Education” to mark April 18th - International Day on Monuments and Sites. In accordance with the recommendation, the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia organized a Round table entitled “Education and Architectural Heritage”. The Round table was held on Thursday, April 18th 2013, in the building of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Belgrade, a cultural property built from 1925 to 1931, according to the project of the architects Nikola Nestorovic and Branko Tanazevic. It is the first building specially designed for engineering faculties in Serbia.
During the discussion, which was attended by many members of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, the enormous importance of intangible tradition of the knowledge transition - as a part of the whole process of education of individuals, various groups of population and experts - was confirmed. The importance of the interaction between educational and professional institutions and individuals in the heritage protection field was also highlighted, and especially the “education of educators”.
The fact that the cultural heritage can be preserved only if it is recognized, understood and accepted as the basic element of identity of individuals and community, must be the main idea in each educational process directed to an integrative approach to research the possibilities of rehabilitation and improvement of natural and architectural heritage.

Moderators of the Round table were professor Mrs. Mirjana Roter Blagojević, PhD and Mr. Marko Nikolić, MSc, lecturers at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade.

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2012

Round table, 21.12.2012.

By organizing the Round table in the Conference Hall of the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, on December 21st, 2012, the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia concluded the project of celebrating 40 years of the adoption of the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Titled „World Heritage - terminology, criteria, role“ this project started on April 18th, with the workshop and the study visit to Studenica Monastery and Stari Ras with Sopoćani. The intention was to devote the conversation to the critical analysis of the state of conservation of the monuments which had been referred to during the workshop. The fact that there are many open questions and different attitudes toward the applied conservation approaches, have launched a vivid discussion among the conservationists. The need to continue discussions at the next round table was highlighted, since the state of conservation of monuments that were presented at the workshop were not discussed due to the lack of time.

Round Table

 

Tour of Manasija Monastery

As part of activities dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, National Committee ICOMOS Serbia organized on September 22nd, 2012 a one-day visit to Manasija Monastery, cultural property included on the Tentative list of Serbia for inscription on the World Heritage List. ICOMOS members were acquainted with conservation works performed here, with greater or lesser intensity, for several decades. Tour of Manasija also comprised the visit to the nearby immovable cultural properties – Senjski rudnik (The Mine of Senje), industrial heritage monument, and Ravanica Monastery, that is associated with Manasija territorially as well as historically.

Manasija Monastery

 

Ravanica Monastery

Manasija Monastery

 

Senjski rudnik

Senjski rudnik - steam machine manufactured in Graz (Austria) in 1872, stil in use

Regular annual Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia

On May 21st 2012, in the auditory of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade Regular annual Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia was held.
On this occasion, two statutory documents were adopted – Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and Rules of Procedure of the Executive Board of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia. Both the Assembly and the Executive Board had previously acted in accordance with these rules, but due to lack of quorum at the last session of the Assembly could not be officially adopted.
Ms. Branka Šekarić, the president on the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, reported to the Assembly on the activities of the National Committee during the period from May 2011 to May 2012, and announced the main program guidelines for the next period of one year. Both documents were unanimously adopted as well as the financial report which was, on behalf of the Supervising Board, presented by Mr. Miladin Lukić.
The general conclusion is that the National Committee was very active during the period between the two assemblies, that almost all the objectives set out last year have been realized and that the reputation of the National Committee rose significantly, even far more at the international than at the national level. In the following period it is expected, in addition to regular activities, the further affirmation of the association and all its members.

 

The National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, as in previous years, marked the 18th April – the International Day for Monuments and Sites.
   

 

On the 40th anniversary of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972), ICOMOS Executive Committee recommended the World Heritage as the subject of the 2012 celebration. Within the project "World Heritage - terminology, criteria, role", National Committee ICOMOS Serbia organized the workshop that included a two-day study visit of Studenica Monastery and Stari Ras with Sopoćani (April, 18-19), Serbian cultural heritage inscribed on the World Heritage List.

The workshop consisted of three segments. The first part was devoted to the history and development of the World Heritage Convention during four decades, with special emphasis on lesser-known and so far insufficiently explained the ways of its implementation (speaker: Sanja Kesić Ristić). In the second segment, conservators - members of the National Committee, presented the latest work on the preservation of Studenica and the monuments of Stari Ras (presenters: Slobodan Barišić, Stojanka Samardžić MA, Nevena Debljović Ristić, Dragan Stanojević MA, Aleksa Jelikić, Marina Nesković). The third part of the workshop consisted of the visit of these cultural properties from the World Heritage List followed by discussions on performed conservation works.

 

 

 

Workshop

The workshop was attended by 40 members of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, who have contributed to constructive discussions with their active approach. The overall impression of the participants is that the workshop was successful. It was concluded that the knowledge about the Convention significantly improved and the need for continuous education of this kind was expressed. In this sense, a number of issues has been raised that will in the focus of the following Round Tables organized by the National Committee.

 

Studenica Sopoćani

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2011

By the Decision of the Ministry of Culture, Media and Information Society no. 022-05-14/2011-06 of October 20, 2011 Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 82/2011 of 11.04.2011, the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia has acquired the status of representative association in the domain of culture.b>

 

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Within the framework of the planned program activities for 2011, the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia organized the round table on the topic of The Ethical Dimension of the Conservator’s Proffession that was held in Belgrade, in the Conference Hall of the Faculty of Architecture, on October 21st 2011. The main idea of this round table was to initiate the dialog on the very important issue of the contemporary conservation, among the conservators as professionals who consciously assume responsibility of the heritage transmission to the future. The starting point or framework for discussion was the ICOMOS Ethical Commitment Statement, the document which aims to clarify ethical conservation standards and principles emphasizing the practical responsibility of each member of ICOMOS in relation to the cultural heritage. The intention was to highlight the profession as "a freely assumed commitment" which should not be conditioned and the professional and ethical behavior in the performance of work shouldn’t be called into question. The principal idea was to promote ​​an ethical-based conservation practice and the improvement of the responsible decision making process in the matter of protecting and preserving the national heritage. The organization of this round table presents the first attempt in our community to set the problem of heritage preservation and responsibility of decision making as a dialogue between conservationists, who are the key actors in the process of conservation, and the state of conservation, which is the result of their actions. It is estimated that the conversation was conducted as an open and constructive dialogue in which also the examples were presented that call into question the ethical behavior of a certain number of conservators. In accordance with the Statute of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, it was proposed that the National Committee formed Commissions for a number of cultural properties, where it was assumed that the further devastation or planned intervention could be stopped.

Round Table

 

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Ljubljana The first Group Meeting of Presidents and Representatives of the ICOMOS National Committees was organized by National Committee ICOMOS Slovenia in Ljubljana, October 6-8 2011. Beside the presidents of the national committees from the ex-Yugoslavia region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia), the president of the National Committee Austria, as well as the representatives of the national committees of Hungary and Italy, also attended this meeting. On that occasion, Statement of Cooperation was adopted as a document that emphasizes the importance of the future regional cooperation in the field of cultural heritage protection, following the long declared guidelines of Valetta-Dubrovnik Principles (Malta 2009), and encouraging the other national committees from the region to join the common initiative.

 

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Regular annual Assembly of the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia was held on May 20th 2011, in the auditory of the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Serbia.

Ms. Branka Šekarić, the president on the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, reported to the Assembly on the activities of the National Committee during the period from May 2010 to May 2011, and announced the main program guidelines for the next period of one year. Both documents were adopted as well as the Decision on the establishment of the “Club of Cezare Brandi’s friends in Belgrade”, as a section at the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia.

On behalf of the Supervising Board, Mr. Miladin Lukić presented the financial report. The report was adopted by acclamation. The Supervising Board also suggested, and the Assembly adopted, the establishing of the national membership fee in the amount of 1000 RSD (app. 10 €). Attendant members of the National Committee were asked to complete their expert profiles in the ICOMOS database up to the end of November 2011 as the latest.

 

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ICOMOS SERBIA - 18th April 2011, Belgrade

“Belgrade Fortress at the Confluence of Two Rivers – Advantages and Problems”

National Committee ICOMOS Serbia celebrated the International Day for Monuments and Sites by organizing a presentation on the Belgrade Fortress, situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Sava and the Danube. This site is known by its remarkable setting as the monument that unifies the values of both cultural and natural heritage. According to the Serbian Cultural Properties Law, this Fortress is recognized as a cultural monument of the great importance for the Republic of Serbia. Presenters were Nevenka Novaković and Ivana Filipović, architects and conservation professionals from the Institute for The Protection of Cultural Monuments of Belgrade.

The presentation consisted of two parts. Mrs. Nevenka Novaković addressed the advantages of the position of the Fortress through various historical plans and maps, as well as its great potential as a main tourist attraction in today’s Belgrade. The Belgrade Fortress is also included in the project of Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia, named "Cultural Route - Fortresses on the Danube", which is supported by UNESCO as a part of the regional project for cultural heritage of South-East Europe, "Cultural Heritage - a Bridge towards a Shared Future".

In the second part of the presentation, Ms. Ivana Filipović exposed disaster risk management plan for the Lower town of the Belgrade Fortress. This part of the Fortress is endangered to become completely devastated, threatened by the floods which had been occasionally recorded during the last century, and have become more frequent during the first decade of the 21st century.

 


During the discussion afterwards, audience showed wide interest for this topic, and there were very interesting questions and comments, given by the audience as well as the participants, related to the specific role of the conservationist and integration with other stakeholders and decision makers in society, for the benefit of the cultural heritage.

 

 

 

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Prof. Giuseppe Basile held the lecture entitled “Actuality of the Theory of Restoration of Cesare Brandi through the examples from practice”, organized by the National Committee of ICOMOS Serbia and the Associazione Amici di Cesare Brandi from Rome, on Monday, April 11th 2011, in Belgrade.

 

 

 

Prof. Giuseppe Basile

Prof. Basile is the General Secretary of Associazione Amici di Cesare Brandi, which was established in April 2006, on the occasion of the centenary of Brandi’s birth. The basic idea is to promote and spread, in Italy and abroad, knowledge of personality and work of C. Brandi. Art historian, graduated at the University of Palermo under the supervision of C. Brandi, he continued his studies at the University of Rome under Giulio Carlo Argan. He worked at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro in Rome, and from 1987 he has directed the Servizio per gli Interventi sui Beni Artistici e Storici. Among many restoration works directed by Prof. Basile, those that are standing out are the paintings of the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci in Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, etc.

 

On this occasion, within the National Committee ICOMOS Serbia, Club Cesare Brandi’s Friends in Belgrade was officially inaugurated, as a branch of the Associazione Amici di Cesare Brandi in Rome, and by this act the city of Belgrade joined the list of 25 cities in the world, that already have such centers.

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