ART INSTITUTIONS IN TIMES OF CRISES: Museum Holdings and Curatorial Practices in the Post-Earthquake Period

Tehnički muzej Nikola Tesla, Savska cesta 18, Zagreb

Pozivnica Panel 29022024

29 February 2024

Location: Technical Museum Nikola Tesla, Savska cesta 18, Zagreb

The Art Pavilion in Zagreb celebrated its 125th anniversary by being forced to close its doors. The cause is well-known: the earthquakes of 2020 inflicted substantial damage on the historical urban districts of Lower and Upper Town, as well as Kaptol, resulting in the closure of many museums. Alongside the Art Pavilion, these include: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatian Natural History Museum, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Croatian History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mimara Museum, Croatian School Museum, Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (CASA), Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters – CASA, Croatian Museum of Architecture – CASA, Croatian Sports Museum, Meštrović Atelier. Also affected were the Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Prigorje, Zagreb City Museum, Technical Museum Nikola Tesla, Museum of Contemporary Art, Typhlological Museum, and the Dražen Petrović Memorial Centre.

Ahead of the upcoming fourth anniversary of the Zagreb earthquake, the Art Pavilion in Zagreb is organising a panel discussion titled “Art Institutions in Times of Crises: Museum Holdings and Curatorial Practices in the Post-Earthquake Period.”

The panel will discuss current problems – ranging from closed museums to temporary museum storage and depots, as well as possibilities for exhibition and operation in the situation of temporary relocation from original buildings. Participants in the discussion include curators, conservators, and directors of museums involved in restoration, the director of the Museum Documentation Centre, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Culture and Media and the City of Zagreb.

We hope that this discussion will stimulate a wide range of considerations on the challenges that the museums in Zagreb are facing today.

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