ArsMetallum - conservation and restoration crafts


Mag. hist. art., conservator-restorer

Kristina Ivković was born in Zadar on May 2, 1990. In 2009, she finished Ivan Pavao II Classical High School in Zadar. In 2015, she finished the single-subject master’s degree of History of Art: Conservation and Museum-Gallery study at the University of Zadar. As part of her graduate studies, she had practical work in the Museum of Ancient Glass, the International Center for Underwater Archeology in Zadar, the Restoration Institute in Zadar and the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments in Zadar. In her final year of study, she received a scholarship, which was awarded to excellent full-time students of university and professional studies of the University of Zadar. She participated in the ERASMUS program as a teaching assistant in classes in the English language, teaching the Croatian fine arts and cultural heritage at the IES Cabrera Pinto institution in the town San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife (Canary Islands) for a period of three months in 2014.

From December 2015 to December 2017 she participated in professional training as a conservation-restorer in the International Center for Underwater Archeology. During her professional training, she completed her professional training abroad in A-Corros Expertise, 17 Chemin des moines, 132000 Arles, France (Conservation-restoration works on the bronze sculpture the allegory of liberty in Salon de Provence and conservation-restoration works on iron cannons from the “La Giraffe" shipwreck in Arles.). After that, from December 2017 to May 2019 she worked as an external expert associate for the International Center for Underwater Archeology in Zadar. In November 2018 she passed the professional exam for the basic professional title in the conservation and restoration activity - conservation-restorer for the narrow specialty of archeological material in the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

She cooperated as an external conservator-restorer with the University of Zadar, the Museum of the City of Šibenik, the Archaeological Museum Narona, the ARHEO KO-OP Cooperative. From May 2019 to November 2019 she worked as a conservator-restorer (fixed-term contract) in the International Center for Underwater Archeology in Zadar. Then, in December 2019, she opened ArsMetallum, conservation and restoration craft. She strives for continuous improvement and continuously upgrades her knowledge about the profession.

According to the Regulations of the Ministry of Culture on the conditions for obtaining a permit for performing activities on protection and preservation of cultural goods, the acquired professional title is equated with the license or the work permit (Article 5).


ArsMetallum - conservation and restoration craft

ArsMetallum, conservation and restoration craft, owas founded in December 2019. The craft provides conservation and restoration services of movable terrestrial and underwater archaeological heritage and metal objects from all periods.

Archaeological and metal objects in general require adequate conservation and restoration work to prevent further deterioration and return to their original form, which enables the scientific and professional study of the objects and ultimately their presentation to the public.

Conservation and restoration works are carried out in accordance with the code of ethics of the conservation and restoration profession with the aim of preventing or slowing down the decay of archaeological objects.

The workshop is equipped with the necessary hand and electrical appliances, chemicals and materials specialized for the conservation and restoration of archaeological material and metal objects. All methods and materials used in the works are reversible and according to the highest criteria of the profession. Each treatment is subject to extensive and rigorous written and photographic documentation.

    Conservation and restoration treatment of the objects includes:
  • - documenting,
  • - preliminary investigation of the current state and causes of decay,
  • - desalination,
  • - stabilization,
  • - consolidation,
  • - cleaning of objects,
  • - reconstruction,
  • - integration,
  • - final protection,
  • - preparation of professional documentation and reports and
  • - instructions for storing and preserving the cultural good.

In addition to the conservation and restoration services, ArsMetallum provides also consulting, assessment and analysis services of cultural good. Besides the projects implemented in the workshop, we also carry out those which require fieldwork.

ArsMetallum is located within the business incubator Inovativni Zadar, on the ground floor at the address Grgura Budislavića 99, 23000 Zadar.

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