It was a pleasure on a professional and personal level having Dr Frances Sands, Catalogue Editor (Adam drawings project) from Sir John Soane’s Museum as one of the participants at the conference ‘Diocletian’s Palace in the works of Adam, Clérisseau and Cassas’ this November in Split. Here she discusses her trip.
“Four organisations in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have created a modern-day Grand Tour of the East Midlands which aims to showcase the regions’ art collections, architecture and landscapes to new local, national and international audiences. Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth House, Derby Museums and Harley Gallery will display Baroque and Enlightenment objects from their collections alongside work from contemporary artists such as Pablo Bronstein, Rem Koolhaas and Rose English. At the Harley Gallery, Peter Blake will be curating a display of Portland Collection miniatures. This will be accompanied by an exhibition of his collages from his World Tour series.
The programme of exhibitions, sponsored by The Arts Council of England, will take place from July to September next year and March to June in 2016.”
Dr Patrick Levačić will give a lecture at 6.30 p.m. on December 11 in the premises of the Studia Mediterranea Centre of the Split Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Poljana kraljice Jelene 3, Split). This lecture is thematically related to this project and has been organized in conjunction with the several-years-long programme of public lectures in the Cvito Fisković Centre of the Institute of Art History, Split.
The investigative armature of the “Grand Tour” of our project consists of world museums in which the most important works of art stemming from the Dalmatian sojourns of European artists in the 18th and 19th centuries are kept. The next station on our journey was the famed Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, which this year is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its existence – just like the book of Scottish architect Robert Adam devoted to Diocletian’s Palace (The Ruins of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia).
Dr Ivan Mirnik and dr Ante Rendić-Miočević will give a lecture at 6.45 p.m. on November 28 in Split City Museum (Papalićeva 1). This lecture about extensive joint excavations carried out in Diocletian’s Palace between 1968 and 1975 is included in the programme of the conference Diocletian’s Palace in the works of Adam, Clérisseau and Cassas.