The International Conference
"Art in Churches. History. Conservation. Restoration and New Developments"
St Petersburg, 24 – 30 April 2004
Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by Slobodanka Lalić, associate for movable heritage, at the International Conference "Art in Churches. History. Conservation. Restoration and New Developments" in St Petersburg, from 24 till 30 April 2004.
Besides the representatives of Russia, there were participants to the Conference from Great Britain, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Holland, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Greece and Turkey.
The working part of the Conference lasted for three days. Work of the Commission representative under the title of "Folkloric Elements in Decoration of the Wooden Churches of Bosnia and Herzegovina" was presented at the third working day.
The following topics were discussed at the Conference:
- Contemporary development in the field of protection of the movable heritage in churches;
- Link between old and new in the churches of both Catholic and Orthodox provenance;
- Problems encountered at the Art Academies when educating new professionals;
- Presentation of some individual churches and collections of icons.
Apart from the theoretical part, the Conference hosted an exhibition on contemporary art forms in the churches, heritage protection in the churches, as well as a project about new painting of one of the churches in St Petersburg. The exhibition presented work (stained-glass windows) of Iceland architect Petur Petursson, five icons from the 15th and the 18th century that underwent conservation and restoration works, and the project of painting a church by the Art Academy students in St Petersburg.
At the last day of the Conference the participants visited church where the Art Academy associates in St Petersburg undertake painting, as well as Peter's Village – a summer manor close to St Petersburg.