An exhibition of photographs presenting all six locations inscribed in the UNESCO list as part of the transnational serial property “The Venetian Works of Defence between 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar” has been opened at the Zadar City Lodge on Monday evening, November 23rd2020.
The exhibition is part of the meeting of the international coordination group of the serial site “Venetian Works of Defence between 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar” hosted in Zadar. Author of the exhibition concept is Bruno Diklić from the Ministry of Culture and Media, who prepared it together with the co-author –Miljenko Domijan.
The author, Bruno Diklić, architect and employee of Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media, explained the concept of the exhibition, which is to introduce the realization of the nomination. The defence system of the Republic of Venice was, in the context of history, an innovative defence system. The selected locations best present this system: Zadar, Šibenik, Peschiera del Garda, Palmanova, Bergamo and Kotor. All these cities and fortifications are depicted on three panels, with a brief explanation as to why the city is attached to nomination.
Co-author – Miljenko Domijan – conservator and art historian, coordinator of the inscription of the property, talked about the significance of Zadar city walls and their role for the citizens. He highlighted that once they stood as protective element and today they stand connecting us with European heritage and history. Something that was done because of evil, because of war, is a cultural heritage today.
Finally, Head of Department for Culture and Sport at the City of Zadar, Dina Bušić, greeted everyone on behalf of Mayor Branko Dukić. She expressed happiness for being able to hold the meeting of the international coordination group of the serial site – an internal network meeting, a conference, and the exhibition. She thanked Mr. Diklić and Mr. Domijan for being always there for all the advice. She noted that this exhibition will visit all cities covered by this register in UNESCO’s heritage when the conditions are more favourable.
The exhibition was organized by the City of Zadar in cooperation with National Museum Zadar and Zadar Concert Office as part of this year’s celebration of the city day and Zadar’s patron – Saint Chrisogonus. Given the current epidemiological conditions, the opening was held for media representatives only, while the citizens can visit the exhibition until December 1st2020.