Jerry Podany and McKenzie Lowry from the J. Paul Getty Museum led a virtual workshop on how to avoid damage to heritage collections in museums caused by earthquakes. Full report read here.
On International Museum Day, the documentalists of the MDC presented the first comprehensive analysis of the state and challenges of preserving heritage in Croatian museums at the conference Museum Storages – From Collection Care to Collection Policy. more
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We bring you 43 contributions, analyses, and project overviews, with a special focus on implementing sustainable models and elements of ‘green’ construction in museum and gallery spaces. Also, in 2020 we marked the 50th anniversary of Informatica Museologica. content
The issue features a modified and abbreviated version of Goranka Horjan's doctoral dissertation on strategic planning in museums and its impact on management in national museums in the Republic of Croatia. summary
Curator and writer Zdenka Badovinac, who was forced by Slovenia’s right-wing government from her post as director of Ljubljana’s Moderna Galerija, has been announced as the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art. more
"Art history and discourse on the centre and periphery: An homage to Ljubo Karaman (1886-1971)" – call for papers (deadline: January 25, 2022)
This international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and research on the dualistic centre-periphery paradigm in terms of art history. more
Kiki Smith’s works at the National Museum of Modern art are presented alongside the works of fourteen Croatian female artists from the museum collection. The exhibition connects two art scenes and cultures, USA and Croatia, in time and space. more.
Iveković is one of the first Croatian artists to explore the position of women in society, especially in the world of media. The exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will give an overview of her work. more.
CIDOC 2021 conference “Symbiosis of Tradition and Digital Technology” will take place in Tallinn at Maarjamäe History Centre from May 21 to 27, 2022. Three main subjects will be the focus of the conference: “Strategic Planning”, “The Future of Documentation” and “A Wonderland of Digital Technology”. more
Museum facts and data
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A favorable epidemiological situation and a good tourist season in July and August 2021 strongly affected the number of museum visitors. MDC collected the data about the number of visitors to the five most visited museums in Croatia during those two months. more
In 2020, our museums lost nearly four million visitors, indicating a 72% drop from 5.2 million in 2019 to 1,462,667 over the past year. more
A comparative survey of the museum visits in July and August 2019 and 2020 shows that the five most visited Croatian museums, which annually attract a third of all visitors to Croatia, have recorded a 79.18% drop in visitors this summer. more
After Zagreb, the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest is hosting the exhibition Ars et Virtus. Croatia – Hungary. 800 years of common cultural heritage. This comprehensive overview of the historical and cultural ties between Croatia and Hungary showcases some of the greatest works of art from the Hungarian-Croatian heritage. more.
The exhibition presents the fragments of the architectural and decorative elements of the palace of Emperor Diocletian, where he went on to live after his abdication. Over the centuries, a gradual transformation from the imperial residence into a Late Antique Christianized city transpired. more
The exhibition gives insight into the valuable collection of a Jewish lawyer from Osijek, who, amid World War II and the Holocaust, donated and stored the objects from his collection at the Museum of Slavonia in an attempt to save the lives of his family. more
Running at 7%: Tate Modern's visitors slumped from 5.7 million at its peak to just 361,000 in 2020/21 (The Art Newspaper)
The UK’s main national museums suffered disastrous falls in visitor numbers because of Covid-19, being closed for over half the year... full article
The guide accompanied the exhibition organized last year, following the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. It told the story of the tragic fate of Jews deported from Croatia and killed in the largest Nazi death camp. more
At the end of 2020, MDC researched the impact of the pandemic on Croatian museums. 74% of the surveyed museums recorded a drop in the number of visitors of 50 to 100%, and nearly two-thirds saw their revenue decrease by more than 50%. more
This third ICOM global survey investigated a scenario described as ''the new normal''. Some 840 responses from museums and museum professionals across five continents are included in analysis. full report
Following its report from May 2020, UNESCO carried out a second online questionnaire in March 2021 among its Member States, to spot trends in relation to the museums’ pandemic response. full report
The Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO) has been monitoring the impact of the pandemic on the museums since the beginning of the crisis. Here is their final report with the results of the survey conducted between 30 October and 29 November 2020. more