The presentation of the documentary Vrijeme nije pomoglo (Time Has Not Helped) in Split, Croatia, took place on December 9, 2019 at the famous Zlatna vrata (Golden Gates) Cinematheque. The movie was presented by Sagita Mirjam Sunara (University of Split), who co-authored the film with Dragan Đokić (Studio Baranda). The film was produced with funds that the University of Split received for the implementation of the CAPuS project.
Time Has Not Helped focuses on the monumental outdoor sculpture Door that artist Branko Ružić (1919 – 1997) produced in Sisak in 1984. Badly deteriorated after decades of outdoor exposure and neglect, the sculpture awaits conservation-restoration. The film, however, does not discuss conservation-restoration treatment methods and materials, but highlights the research that should precede conservation-restoration, from the study of the art-historical context to the exploration of the artist’s opinion concerning material deterioration and artwork presentation.
“The most important message of the film is that conservation-restoration of outdoor sculpture is not straightforward,” says Sunara. “I also wanted to convey to the audience that there is not a single, correct answer to the questions that arise during the drawing up of a treatment concept. Each solution has its pros and cons, and these have to be weighed very carefully.”
The film, which is intended as teaching material for university courses on public art conservation-restoration, has had a positive reception. It was first featured within the Door, Variations exhibition that took place in Slavonski Brod (the Vladimir Becić Art Salon, September 12 – October 9, 2019) and Sisak (Sisak Municipal Musem, October 15 – November 7, 2019). It was also screened at the international conference “Heritage from Below: Critical Approaches and New Practices” (Pula and Vodnjan, October 18–19, 2019).
English subtitles will be added to the film, so that it can be used as teaching material at universities outside Croatia.