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One of the goals for POWERPROGRESSIVEART was to create an annual art platform that would connect public and state institutions to work for the general benefit of the citizenry, state, and the world. One of the first such projects was the Art and Education platform Narona created in 2011. The first assembly that gathered the artists, local and state institutions and made a possibility for engaging schools in such cooperation was called - The Birds. The Birds incurred in collaboration with the Narona Archaeological Museum, a place that gathers tourists, people interested in art, history, archaeology and the cultural heritage of the Neretva's underflow. The other collaboration, in the field of nature preservation, opened at the Ornithology Collection (today - the Natural History Museum Metkovic) with the courtesy of Ms. Ivana Bace, the Director of the Natural History Museum. By involving these facilities of public education, in both natural and cultural heritage, we managed to attract the artists, scientists, young people, children and schools, associations and entrepreneurs who entered all our next art, science and education projects.

In 2015. at the first Powerweb, POWERPROGRESSIVEART held a series of events and happenings where the Natural History Museum was a host to the Interdisciplinary Congress - The Cultural Heritage of the Deltas as well as to one of our exhibitions – NATURA HEREDITAS. This was a refined art exhibition that gathered most of the sculptures made at the Art and Education platform Narona in 2011 which were a part of the permanent art exhibition at the Ornithology Collection. Since the Natural History Museum was established that summer, the Powerweb and the permanent exhibition had a brand new partner. Thus, the Powerweb - Art, Science, and Education Platform, realized in 2015, afterward in the 2016 / 2017 and 2017 / 2018 academic years, amongst other numerous contributors from Croatia and Europe, carried on the cooperation with the Natural History Museum Metkovic. 

In 2018 NATURA HEREDITAS crossed Europe showing many growth possibilities. It is now, an annual exhibition with the aspiration of global connection.

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The opening of NATURA HEREDITAS exhibition in 2017,

photo: Ana Gizdic

Banner picture from slide deck gallery / HOME

Playing Underneath (the Surface) from NATURA HEREDITAS 2017, by Toncica Jelaca Marijancevic

 

PERMANENT ART EXHIBITION AND VISITING ARTISTS

- NATURA HEREDITAS 2015 - 2018

(...) As it shows, the NATURA HEREDITAS exhibition offers to share the experiences and the personal cognition visual dialog of the natural values and its, albeit limited regeneration, also the cultural values and our obligation to take care of our history. The exhibition instructs lifelong learning, work on oneself, and the work on the local and the global community. This excerpt is from the International Interdisciplinary Meeting, lectures, A. Gizdic: NATURA HEREDITAS - Significance of Art in Local Community Engagement, in 2018. Also, Chris Freemantle, the RCN representative establishes in his lecture '#art4wetlands: "Art is one of the important aspects of the cultural agenda intersecting with Youth and also connecting with food, traditional agriculture, and indigenous knowledge and practice." His presentation has highlighted the roles that contemporary artists perform in the context of wetland conservation, restoration and wise use drawing on examples from the current #art4wetlands programme. 

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NATURA HEREDITAS

The Flow by Dorotea Radusic, elected for the permanent exhibition  in 2018, still: Dorotea Radusic

DIVINE HERITAGE

(...) The Natural History Museum was opened for storing the artworks and the art-concepts of the guest artists and the POWERPROGRESSIVEART's artists. Thus is conceived the DIVINE HERITAGE exhibition which lasted July 13 – September 15, 2016. The many parts of the artworks spent the summer in this exhibition as they have been moved from Kiteboarding Komin where the Larpourlartism - Impression, performances, happenings and the concerts took place.

With the DIVINE HERITAGE exhibition we have materialized some museum’s designations – "caring, studying and exhibiting the artifacts or museum collections"*, in the Natural History Museum – by the art content. The museum visitors were able to accompany all the exhibition changes during the summer. The exhibition was thematically based on the natural and cultural heritage of the Neretva Delta, then Dalmatia, Europe, and the world. Art media: sculptures, performances, video-art, and music concepts have connected Dalmatia and New Zealand and the Neretva Delta with all six continents through the cooperation with the international guests and participants of all our activities.

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DIVINE HERITAGE

ARTemis Study II by Nina Lekic on DIVINE HERITAGE exhibition in 2016, photo: Maja Prgomet

NATURA HEREDITAS 2015

Refined art exhibition The Birds produced at the Art and Education Platform Narona in 2011. These artworks were intended for the permanent exhibition, first of the Ornithological Collection, now of the Natural History Museum Metkovic

They have connected the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Neretva Delta.

By using the significant records of Cato the Younger, also Dragutin Rucner, the references of Dalmatian Pelican, Pelecanus Crispus, whose egg still holds Naturhistorisches Museum Wien we've created documentation on the birds and on one of the richest autochthonous habitats of flora and fauna* that still evolves.

The exhibiting artists: Drazen Brkic, Marina Djira, Nikola Faller, Ana Filipovic Utovac, Ana Gizdic, Nediljka Penovic, Alma Selmanovic, Marija Srsen

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*according to the City of Metkovic's documentation and wiki source: Vodomar. Tycho Brahe. E.coli. Emxbot. MajaSimFan. Suradnik 13. Jure Grm. Ornitološka zbirka u Metkovicu. Wikipedia. 2006-2010

URL: https://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornitolo%C5%A1ka_zbirka_u_Metkovi%C4

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The Start by Ana Gizdic. Permanent exhibition @ Natural History Museum Metkovic 2011 - 2018. Currently permanent exhibition @ Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society. 

Photo: Recheal Jane Ronnie

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONGRESS - The Cultural Heritage of the Deltas

The foundation and the beginning of Powerweb was a refreshing, friendly and harmonious experience. We thank all participants, members and guests of POWERPROGRESSIVEART: partners, artists, speakers, professors and students, associations, donators, contributors, media as well as all the guests for making Powerweb - The Cultural Heritage of the Deltas possible. 

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PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE COPYRIGHT

(...) To what extent is established a quality relationship between the private owners of the cultural, also natural heritage and the institutions that should take care of it? (...)

THE PICTURES FROM SYRIA

... shows historical legacy and the beauty of the landscape of the first-class importance area, both politically and strategically. It equally outlines the life of the contemporary Syrians and the riches of people, religions, and worldviews of one of the most wealthy provinces of the Roman Empire which is now brought to the struggle for survival in the bloody war.

HOW DOES CULTURAL HERITAGE BECOME HISTORY

(...) Did the cultural heritage as well as the natural heritage become the set of communication equipment in the space of world wars conducted on local layers? 

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Ms. Narcisa Bolsec Ferri (Director of the Split City Museum), Ms. Ivana Bace (Director of the Natural History Museum Metkovic) Ms. Nansi Ivanisevic (President of Prokultura), Ms. Ana Gizdic (President of  (POWERPROGRESSIVEART), photo: Dean Faj

Gizdić, Ana. Miletic Zeljko. PERMANENT EXHIBITION AND VISITING ARTISTS. DIVINE HERITAGE. NATURA HEREDITAS 2015. INTERDISCIPLINARY CONGRESS, The Cultural Heritage of the Deltas. POWERPRGRESSIVEART & NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM METKOVIC. POWERPROGRESSIVEART. 2015 - 2018. 

URL: https://powerprogressiveart.wixsite.com/powerprogressiveart/ppaandnhmmcoop (document access date) 

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