The exhibition "Industrial Heritage of Croatia: Heritage as an Economic and Development Resource", which concerns the protection of mostly neglected and neglected industrial heritage in former industrial centers of Croatia and their possible rehabilitation, was opened on Monday night at the Zagreb Mimari Museum.

The exhibition presents a review of the palette of industrial plants created in Croatia in 19. and the 20 century, divided into five sections, called Zagreb Paromlin - from cultural monuments to non-cultural symbols, Metropolis - Rijeka warehouse complex, BATA / Borovo company town, Sisak Industrial Heritage and Industrial Heritage of Osijek-Baranja County.

The Cultural Heritage Management Board of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia organized an exhibition on the occasion of the European Heritage Day in Croatia 2015. and note that all these buildings are architecturally and constructively of their time, and sometimes they were the focal points of the development of their local communities, but the production in them had ceased in the meantime and most of them had long been left in the tooth of time and inevitable failure.

The exhibition was opened by Minister of Culture Berislav Šipuš, evaluating that it offers the right explanation of the word of heritage when it comes to culture, but also emphasizing that it is "a legacy that is committed and called to responsibility".

"We already know of many projects that go towards European funds and will mean the revitalization of these buildings that testify about the history of our community and which could be a great capital," Šipuš said.

Museum Director Mimara Tugomir Lukšić recalled that the Days of European Heritage event was launched by 1985. which grew and spread at the same time as the process of creating and spreading the European Union. He added that Croatia had joined this common European project for the protection of cultural heritage before the exact 20 years, and emphasized that this exhibition "is against the destinies, offering in a systematic and concise manner the valorisation of our industrial heritage and the possibilities of conservation of its permanent preservation".

Art historian and expert advisor at the Ministry of Culture, Krešimir Galović, said that the exhibition aims to problematize heritage as an important economic and development resource, with the fundamental question of revitalizing cultural monuments and making them economically self-sustainable and profitable.

"Spomentine heritage should be approached as an important factor that through positive developmental revitalization processes can contribute to economic development, job creation and ultimately improving the life of the local community," Galović concluded.

(Hina)