Alena Fazinić was born in Kraljevo (Serbia) but completed high school in Zagreb, and took her BA from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, majoring in art history. She took a master’s in 1969 with a thesis on Dwelling Development of Korcula from the 14th to the 16th century, and a doctorate in 1984, the Development of Korčula Town from the Beginning of the 16th to the Beginning of the 20th century. She spent her entire career from 1965 until retirement in 2000 in Korčula Municipal Museum, first as curator, and from 1976 as director; she acquired the rank of museum adviser in 1985.
Alena Fazinić was also a part time associate of the Art History Institute of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. She attended a six-month specialised conservation and monumental and historical units restoration course in ICOMOS-ROMA. Along with her regular work of managing the museum, she had many sabbaticals in Italy, France, Spain, England, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Poland.
As well as many thematic exhibitions and displays, she also dedicated herself to the study of monumental and archival material of the city and island of Korčula, and published a number of specialised and scholarly papers and articles in the daily and weekly press.
She took part in many conferences, and launched a specialised and scholarly museum journal Godišnjak grada Korčule, to this day having edited 11 issues of this journal. She has written for publications of the Miroslav Krleža Lexicographic Institute.
From 1993 to 2001 she was a member of the city authority of Korčula, with a remit in areas of culture (voluntary work).
Particularly fascinating in the works in her ample bibliography is the scholarly paper the Korčula Suburb of Borgo from the 16th to the 19th century published by the Art History Institute, and a text published in the Cvito Fisković Days Proceedings entitled the Country Life Culture in 19th century Korčula – the Villa Depolo.
NB. Data taken from the questionnaire, material taken from the Personnel Archives of the MDC, and from an interview recorded on Novrember 3, 2007
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