Reconstruction - from the Venice Charter to the Charter of Cracow 2000

Román, András (2002) Reconstruction - from the Venice Charter to the Charter of Cracow 2000. In: Estrategias relativas al patrimonio cultural mundial. La salvaguarda en un mundo globalizado. Principios, practicas y perspectivas. 13th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. Actas. Comité Nacional Español del ICOMOS, Madrid, pp. 117-119. [Book Section]


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The most debated question in relation to the restoration of historic monuments is about reconstruction. There is a long list of doubts: Are we allowed at all to reconstruct a destroyed monument or part of it? To what extent? Should the reconstructed part be just like the original was? If no, then what should it be like? If we reconstruct, can the end result be regarded as a monument? If not, then what is it? All this has been closely connected to the question of authenticity, especially since UNESCO made it one of the cornerstones of declaring that something is part of the World Heritage. It would be banal to claim at this forum that statutes of monument restoration in the form of the Venice Charter have existed since 1964. Indeed, the Charter provides reliable guidelines for restorers about restorations and conservations. This document has almost become a classic, it sets an example because - amongst many other things - it does not contain dogmatic, rigid rules. Instead, it offers an opportunity for the expert to analyse and review the situation. Every monument is different, and each should be treated differently - this is what the Venice Charter suggests.

Item Type: Book Section
Román, András
Languages: English
Keywords: conservation of historic monuments; reconstruction; theory of conservation; Venice Charter; Charter of Kracow
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 01. Generalities
K. LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 06. Doctrinal texts, conventions and charters
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12bis. Theory of restoration
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2002, 13th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2010 11:21
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 14:36

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