Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park in Vrsar, Istra

MILIC VILENICA posterAuthors: Karmen Milić* and Benedikta Vilenica**
Mentors: *Filip Rogošić, Senior Lecturer; **Alem Korkut, Associate Professor

*Arts Academy in Split (Croatia); **Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb (Croatia)
Study programme: *Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration; **Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration of works of art
Specialization: *Metal (4th year of study); **Paintings (3rd year of study)


Dušan Džamonja sculpture park was founded by the artist  himself in 1960s and was opened for public in 1981. The sculpture park is located near Vrsar, Istra. The idea was to provide a place for artists to live, create and exhibit their work. It turned out to be a convenient solution to the problem of finding a place for display of Džamonja's large sculptures, as well. In 1997 Džamonja donated the sculptures to the Republic of Croatia and Vrsar Municipality. The sculpture park has been listed in the national  register of cultural monuments.

The purpose of the poster is to draw attention to the negligence of governing structures. The park is managed by the museum of Poreč and environs, but insufficient financial support and lack of interest in upgrading the conditions of the park make it difficult to maintain it. Some sculptures are in need of restoration, and the whole park needs a development plan regarding the security issues, conservation discipline and advertising strategy. The authors also examine the case studies of selected sculptures which illustrate the problems that affect them all.

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Short biographies

KARMEN MILIĆ was born in Split. She enrolled in the Conservation-Restoration Department of the Arts Academy, Split, in 2012. At the begining of the second year she took part in the second Sisak Sculpture Park Conservation-Restoration Workshop, and one year later she took up specialization in conservation-restoration of metalwork. She enjoys learning new skills in conservation practice and likes photography.

BENEDIKTA VILENICA was born in Sisak, in 1993. She began her university studies in the Conservation-Restoration Department of the Arts Academy, Split, continuing her education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in  the Department of Conservation-Restoration of Paintings. She is currently enrolled in her third year of study. She has taken part in many exhibitions.