Visual Arts and Communication of Power

Activities in 2018

February

Milan Pelc held public lecture at Gutenberg's monument unveiling in Split

Milan Pelc participated in the unveiling ceremony of the monument dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, organized by Split Croatian and German Society (Kroatisch-Deutsche Gesellschaft Split). The ceremony was held on 3 February 2018 at the University Library in Split, commemorating the 550th death anniversary of Gutenberg. The monument was made by the academic sculptor Tomislav Šalov. On the occasion, Milan Pelc held a lecture entitled On Gutenberg's significance for mankind. He pointed out the important aspects of Gutenberg's invention of the movable-type printing press and his contribution to the development of media and society. In spite of all possible   misuses and manipulation, the mechanisation of media in the Early Modern Period opened the way for critical valuation of intellectual work, the spread of education, the strengthening of Enlightenment, and gradual democratisation of society.

January

Public lecture held by Daniel Premerl in Dubrovnik

At the invitation of Dubrovnik Diocese, Daniel Premerl gave a public lecture entitled New insights into the furnishing of St Blaise’s Church throughout the 18th century on 25th January 2018 in Dubrovnik.

In his lecture, Premerl presented the chronology of Dubrovnik St Blaise’s Church furnishing from 1715, after the church was finished, to the end of the 18th century, giving prominence to the luxurious decorative organ casing, main altar and silver statue of Dubrovnik's patron, Saint Blaise, from the 15th century. Recent researches, the results of which were presented, have confirmed the high value of the church’s furnishing in the context of baroque art on the Mediterranean coast.