Art Nouveu architecture in Vojvodina

2012-06-27
June 27, 3 p.m.
Art Nouveu architecture in Vojvodina
A lecture by Prof. Viktorija Aladžić within Open lectures at the Academy of Heritage

Viktorija Aladžić – her research focuses on the history of architecture of her home town Subotica. She is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Subotica, active in protecting building heritage and has published many articles in different journals and scientific magazines on different themes concerning building heritage. She received her PhD at the Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade with the thesis Influence of Laws to the Spatial Development of Subotica from the end of 18th to the second half of 20th c. She is a co-author of the two monographies printed in 2004, and 2006 entitled Gradotvorci I and Gradotvorci II. Both books together contain stories about the history of 150 houses from the turn of the 20th century in Subotica, including all details concerning history of lots, builders, owners, building plans, changes and present conditions. Prof. Viktorija Aladžić is in Krakow as a scholar of the 6th edition of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme Thesaurus Poloniae.
Vojvodina, of which she is going to talk about in her lecture, is today a northern province of Serbia, but at the end of 19th century it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The territory of Vojvodina today was un-derdeveloped at the beginning of the 18th century compared to other Cen-tral European regions, when the Turks started to leave its territory. A connection with Europe by railway built by the mid-19th century brought the possibility of importing goods, especially wheat, from Vojvodina which, to a certain extent, enabled sudden development. The most prominent town of the time was Szabadka, nowadays Subotica, settled at the very north of the province. By the end of the century, sudden development allowed the building of representative residential and public buildings and edifices in the town. After the period of historicism and eclecticism, a new architectural style was introduced in Subotica – Art Nouveau. More than 100 Art Nouveau buildings were erected in the town at the turn of the 20th century, some of which are important world heritage sites today. Art Nouveau architecture also spread all over Vojvodina, representing the pick of its economic development in the period before the First World War.
Admission free, a lecture in English with Polish translation
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