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Reflections of Venice in Stones of Korcula
European Heritage Days

(Project is awarded by the European Heritage Days - 1998)

 

 

REFLECTIONS OF VENICE IN STONES OF KORCULA
Korcula Sept 8 - 22 1998.

The old walled city of Korcula, on the island of Korcula, is one of the most important and best preserved medieval urban complexes on the Croatian Adriatic coast. Although Korcula was settled since Greek and roman times, its architectural heritage as we see it today was most strongly defined during the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was part of the prosperous Republic of Venice. About hundred structures were built or renovated in the old town of Korcula during this period. The focus of the exhibition are arhitectual linkages between Venice and Korcula in the 15th and 16th centuries, and creative power of the Korcula stone masons in their interpretation of the gothic style.

REFLECTIONS OF VENICE IN STONES OF KORCULA is one of six projects officially sponsored in 1998 by "The European Heritage Days". The aim is a better understanding of the similarities in diversity of European cultural heritage promoted by Council of Europe, the European Commission and the King Baudouin Foundation.

SAVE DALMATIA, non governmental, non profit organization with offices  in Paris - France and Korcula - Croatia, is involved with the promotion of preservation of the arhitectual and natural heritage in Dubrovnik - Neretva County. Save Dalmatia is an affiliate of Counterpart Int. and Earthvoice Int. Washington DC USA and it is advised by the World Monument Fund, New York, USA.

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SPONSORS:
The European Heritage Days, Brussels
US ICOMOS, Wash. DC
Tourist board of the town of Korcula, Croatia
World Monument Fund, Venice
The Embassy of Republic Italy, Zagreb

CURATOR: Gaella Gottwald-Thapar, Korcula

CONCEPT AND ORGANIZATION:
Save Dalmatia
284 Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris 75007
tel/fax 33-1-4705-0605
KORCULA 20260, Stari grad 147
tel/fax 385-20-711-544, 715-882

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Christine de Castel Bajac Paris
Sylvia Gottwald-Thapar, Korcula

 

THE SAVE DALMATIA FOUNDATION

THE SAVE DALMATIA FOUNDATION and its core group of dedicated members started to function informally in mid 1991, which was the time of the beginning of the war in Croatia, at the time, just a republic in former Yugoslavia.
The main task of a group of volunteers was to inform the international community and concerned US citizens about the scope of destruction of cultural and natural heritage in Republic of Croatia. This was being accomplished through photo exhibits, publications and special public events, such as:

  • GREETINGS FROM CROATIA, a survey of the destruction of the cultural treasures of Croatia, distributed  in US Senate, State Department, ..
  • DESTRUCTION OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN CROATIA, a publication about the war destruction of Croatian cultural heritage Mrs. Gottwald meets Czech president Havel
  • CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, photo exhibit about the human suffering, .. Prague, Czech Republic, June - Dec 1993.
  • VERBRECHEN GEGEN DIE MENSCHLICHKEIT, photo exhibit about genocide in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Munster, Germany Feb - March 1994.
  • CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY/ANXIETY OF THE BODY, combined exhibit of war photo's .. Prague, Czech Republic, June - Dec 1994.
  • FROM THE OTHER SHORE, multimedia exhibit about horrors of war in Bosnia-Herzegovina ... Prague, Czech Republic, 1994.
  • THE STUDY AND SURVEY OF THE MONASTERIES and their development potential, as catalyst of sustainable tourism. Dubrovnik-neretva county, June 1995.
  • PROPOSAL FOR "THE MONASTERIES CULTURAL ROUTES", proposal to the Council of Europe for the group of 20 monasteries in Dubrovnik-Neretva county, to be included in their Cultural routes program. Feb 1995.
  • NOMINATION OF THE FRANCISCAN MONASTERY OF THE ISLAND OF LOPUD, for the list of "100 Most endangered world monuments" .. Jan 1995.
  • COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF FOUR MONASTERIES on the islands of Lopud, Lokrum, Mljet and Badija. Draft completed in Apr 1996.
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HISTORIC CITIES Dubrovnik, Korcula, Ston .. Apr 1997
  • CONFERENCE ON FINANCING CULTURAL/NATURAL HERITAGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT organized in order to popularize and promote wealth of cultural heritage, and to encourage collaborative effort of multilateral financial institutions like; World Bank, European Bank and private foundations like World Monument Fund .. May 28-31 1996, Dubrovnik
  • VISIT OF PRINCE OF WALES TO THE ISLANDS AND THEIR MONASTERIES in Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Aug 1996.

CONTACT:
SAVE DALMATIA
Sylvia Gottwald-Thapar, director
284 Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris 75007
tel/fax 33-1-4705-0605
KORCULA 20260, Stari grad 147
tel/fax 385-20-711-544, 715-882