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Cartography and Art - cARTography

Cartography and Art - cARTography

April 15, 2013


The Croatian Cartographic Society, The Faculty of Geodesy and the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb in collaboration with the Department of Geography of the University of Zadar are preparing the “cARTography” conference on April 15, 2013. Here is a brief description:

When studying images, maps are usually considered one type of object, while pictures are considered another type of object. Maps provide information on positions and sizes of settlements and relations between settlements – these data can usually be measured. In contrast to maps, pictures of landscape evoke ideas; their goal is to communicate quality of settlement or stimulate viewer’s emotions. Maps are closer to science and pictures of landscape are closer to art; this is the usual view.

Cartographers are clearly a group separate from artists, and students of geodesy or geography studying cartography are separate from students of fine arts or history of art. Nevertheless, this division has been getting weaker, as well as habits related to it. Art historians, who have become less certain about whether a certain picture can be considered art, have included an increasing number of artefacts and other products in their research. Some of them study maps. This is witnessed by e.g. the international exhibition Cartographers, Geognostic Projections for the 21st Century, which was organized in the Art Pavilion in Zagreb in 1997, as well as in some other cities. In fact, the relation between the two different areas is nowadays evident in works of numerous artists producing maps. On the other hand, cartographers have once more become aware of map structure and its cognitive basis. For example, 2008 saw a conference on cartography and art in Vienna and publishing of the book Cartography and Art (editors W. Cartwright, G. Gartner and A. Lehn). The Commission on Cartography and Art operates within the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

In order to strengthen the relation between the two areas which seem different at first sight (cartography as a technical discipline and fine art), the Croatian Cartographic Society initiated the conference “cARTography”, which is supported by the Faculty of Geodesy, which especially cultivates cartography in instruction and scientific work, the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb and the Department of Geography of the University of Zadar.

The Conference is going to be held on April 15, 2013, which is the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, versatile scientist and artist and little-known as a cartographer. The conference is going to feature these lectures:


The exhibition titled “kARTe mARTek” by Vlado Martek is going to be featured in the gallery of the Faculty of Geodesy, Kačićeva 26 in Zagreb (1st floor).


Twenty four pupils from the Petar Zrinski Elementary School and their art teacher Petra Kriletić as well as ten pupils from the Centar Elementary School from Pula and their art teacher Goran Grofelnik will participate in the workshop. Five students from the Department of Teaching of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb (Paula Bučar, Mateja Babić, Željka Špehar, Anja Vijatović, Nikolina Zanetti and Ivan Oštarčević) and their mentors assistant Sonja Vuk, MA (preparation of the methodical part of the workshop), Assist. Prof. Gordana Bakić Vlahov and Assoc. Prof. Ines Krasić (artistic and practical part of the workshop) will also participate in the workshop.


In Zagreb, March 29, 2013



Prof. Dr. Miljenko Lapaine
Croatian Cartographic Society