CONTENTS:


Instead of introduction

ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE - PERMANENT SOURCE OF KNOWLEGE AND ART

KIKINDA - One of the Eastern GATES OF SERBIA

Photos: VILLAS

PALACES


1. ARTIFACTS

1.1. PROPORTIONS AND HARMONY

1.2. EXPERIENCE AND INTERPRETATION

1.3. PERMANENCE AND CHANGE


2.  SPACIAL CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL INTEGRITY IN KIKINDA

2.1. URBAN VALUES

2.2. ARCHITECTURAL VALUE


3. VILLAS

3.1. ALDAN-PUTNIKOVA

3.2. VARAĐANINOVA VILLA

3.3. VILLA GROFA VICAHIDIJA

3.4. "TWIN SISTERS“ VILLA

3.4.1. VILLA ANNA

3.4.2. VILLA RIEZENFELDER

3.5. VILLA REPHOLC

3.6. VILLA OF DR. STEPHAN


4. PALACES

4.1. LEPEDAT PALACE

4.2. BUDIŠINOVA PALACE

4.3. STEINER PALACE

4.4. SLANIKINA PALACE


5. REMAINS

5.1. VILLA IVAČKOVIĆ

5.2. SUMMER VILLA MAVROKORDATE


6. "IN CONTINUUM"


ATTACHMENTS:

1. SUMMARY

2. REVIEWS

3. ABOUT THE AUTHOR

4. REFERENCES AND STRUCTURE


There are very few cities in Serbia that can boast about their preserved architectural heritage, even fewer that have a book that records its past urban and architectural assets in appropriate manner.

The architecture and interior of 11 villas and palaces in Kikinda are shown on about 300 pages, in 300 high quality photographs and author's sketches. ( "Perhaps for the first time in Vojvodina's historiography of this kind, the equal attention is devoted to exterior and interior architecture“, Vladimir Mitrovic, Book Critic, Art Historian, Department of Architecture and Urban Development, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad).

As it fits, the book, which presents the urban and architectural wealth of Kikinda, will be specialty printed. In A4 format, with a hard cover and jacket, paralelly bilingual, in Serbian and English, with color photos and drawings. The publication date is expected for the first half of the 2010. These kinds of books are writen and printed rarely, but this one in particular, along with all other books published by the same author, completes an entity.


OTHERS ABOUT THE BOOK:


Biserka Ilijašev has undoubtedly made a book of great value, because she collected, processed, analyzed and presented the architectural heritage of Kikinda to the public, which, due to a series of adverse circumstances, risks to be irretrievably lost. The enthusiasm with which the manuscript was written, good observations of the spatial organisation, external and internal architecture, especially decorative details, which can be easily obliterated, are convincing and can act as a thing that raises awareness of the citizens of Kikinda, among which many are not aware of the value of environment they live in. These characteristics are crucial in making the decision that it is an imperative that Biserka Ilijašev’s manuscript is published in an edition that will technically enable high-quality reproductions of many photographs, since an excellent choice and the number of photographs are one of this book's greatest assets, and that the book to the delight of us all, will soon appear in public.

from the review

Dr. Nadja Kurtovic-Folic



VILLAS AND PALACES IN KIKINDA

Staircase made out of of white marble in Budisin palace


Lepedat palace, ground and facade drawings

The author leads us with beautiful and learned (works better with beautiful) language, through all parts of the book, while the text is enriched by numerous photographs and drawings, technical and freehand. The special value of the book is in the fact that the author, perhaps for the first time in Vojvodina's historiography of this kind, gave equal attention to exterior and interior architecture. Analyzing architectural characteristics of individual villas and residential - commercial palaces of  Kikinda, the author applies descriptive and analytical style in which there is room for all the details related to the buildings, from their construction, to professional and analytical explanations. In that way, she directs the attention of readers to the wealth of architectural ornamentation, through analysis of the Golden Section and other architectural components - decorative repertoire of facade, entrances partition, roofs, balconies, interior and its decorative repertoire.

from the review,

VLADIMIR MITROVIC

Art Historian, Department of Architecture and Urban Development

Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad



By profession an architect, urbanist by choice, analyst and guardian of architectural heritage, inspired by the rich architectural works in her city, our author in her book "Villas and Palaces in Kikinda" introduces the characteristics of these Kikinda's "gems", not omitting introducing us to their creators at the same time, brining closer the spirit of the time in which they were built, highlighting the importance of 3harmony in proportions.

There are a few cities in Vojvodina and Serbia who have managed to resist the rush of capital investment and preserve its architectural heritage and its surroundings. Fortunately, Kikinda has, thanks to the author of this book, amongst others. A professional, who has dedicated years of her working life as an urban developer in Kikinda, to the protection of architectural heritage of this city, something that today this city has to be proud of. Elaborately illustrated, enriched with drawings, the book radiates the power of enthusiasm, and is a proof of the hard work of the author who has shown herself with this book as an excellent connoisseur of architecture and art.

Vesna Popovic BA of Architecture,

Republic Agency for Spatial Planning - organizational unit of APV



Kikinda shouldn't be proud only of its  preserved architectural heritage, but of all the citizens who cherish the priceless treasures and unresistable cultural-spiritual-emotional-scientific connection with their ancestors. The one who has forgotten this link, lost his way. But in these mad times, when all criteria have lost their true, essential meaning, it is a great skill to survive as an expert, and in particular, to prove that you are right. As a student, she was growing up at the time when our professors shyly pointed to the great value of our architectural heritage.

For those who are hardworking and dedicated to the noble crafts and goals, it’s enough. Because she knew a  long time ago that every roof, window, balcony, fence, and even the courtyard and connection to the street, create an image of the city and its every citizen. And not only an image, but a way of life and behavior. Especially valuable is her ability to say, very concisely, in a few words, all you need to know about architecture, styles, investors, and owners of villas and palaces, with cleverly selected entities and details in the photos. The only way to fight for it all and send a message to our young colleagues about the inevitable conectedness with the most valuable, are books. They remain for all times, just as the legacy of our ancestors. In one word, Biserka is a part of the architectural heritage of Kikinda. This city owes her more than knowing her name.


LJILJANA Stamenkovic,

Bachelor of Architecture, Urbanist, Kragujevac




Architect, Biserka Ilijašev, looks at villas and palaces in Kikinda knowledgeably and professionally, and we, as readers, get the full experience with her "internal view of the facades». Her "inner view" is seeing with the eyes and soul, which brings us back to the time when this building with its appearance changed a village into a rural town with independent Magistrate and Senate. When you have this book in your hands, you do not need to be in this city to meet it. You just need the book. It is more than Kikinda of today. Through it, you can imagine what Kikinda was like. It is Kikinda of other time, and still Kikinda of today.

As a citizen of Kikinda, I’m delighted with Kikinda and all cities in similar architectural and cultural milieu, because they are a part of European heritage in which Kikinda has its place. Kikinda, seen in photography, pen and drawings of villas and palaces by Biserka Ilijašev, confirms the connection of Kikinda with European heritage, culture and living standards, some time ago, but even now. The question is how long will the villas and palaces stand the ever-growing pressure of  requests and ideas of owners and investors. That is why this record is worth gold. What is unique and valued in town's architecture is saved in it.


MIROSLAV KOJIĆ

Sculptor, Kikinda



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