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Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980

Wydawnictwo: Moma
Autor: praca zbiorowa
Wysyłamy w ciągu 3-5 dni
255,00 zł

ISBN 978-1633450516

Oprawa: twarda, Format:  cm, Stron: 200, 2018 r.

In Yugoslavia’s “Third Way” architecture, Brutalism meets the fantastical

Squeezed between the two rival Cold War blocs, Yugoslav architecture consistently adhered to a modernist trajectory. As a founding nation of the Non-Aligned Movement, Yugoslavia became a major exporter of modernist architecture to Africa and the Middle East in a postcolonial world. By merging a variety of local traditions and contemporary international influences in the context of a unique Yugoslav brand of socialism, often described as the “Third Way,” local architects produced a veritable “parallel universe” of modern architecture during the 45 years of the country’s existence. This remarkable body of work has sparked recurrent international interest, yet a rigorous interpretative sty never materialized in the United States until now.

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition on the architectural production of Yugoslavia between 1948 and 1980, this is the first publication to showcase an understied but important body of modernist architecture. Featuring new scholarship and previously unpublished archival materials, this richly illustrated publication sheds light on key ideological concepts of Yugoslav architecture, urbanism and society by delving into the exceptional projects and key figures of the era, among them Bogdan Bogdanovic, Zoran Bojovic, Drago Galic, Janko Konstantinov, Georgi Konstantinovski, Niko Kralj, Boris Magaš, Juraj Neidhardt, Jože Plecnik, Svetlana Kana Radevic, Edvard Ravnikar, Vjenceslav Richter, Milica Šteric, Ivan Štraus and Zlatko Ugljen.


This exceptionally designed show succeeds in distilling the architectural legacy of a country best known, in and outside of it, for falling apart. (Roko Rumora Hyperallergic)

From housing blocks to a rural mosque, ponder marker of unity and individualism from a now-vanished postwar building culture. (Art Newspaper)

Astonishing structures surge with unchecked emotions of agony, sacrifice, loss and rememberance. (Julie V. Iovine Wall Street Journal)

A manifestation of radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state iself. (Blouin Art Info)

The great achievement of Yugoslavia was in being able to keep collectivism and individualism in some kind of balance. (Justin McGuirk The New Yorker)

Above all, the exhibition reminds us that design can be a tool of social progress. (Justin McGuirk New Yorker)

These otherwordly constructions were instrumental in shaping Yugoslavia's national identity. (Joanna Fu Hypebeast)

Highlights architecture’s role in creating a common history and collective identity of a socialist state. (Sofia Lekka Angelopoulou Designboom)

Abundance of beautifully hung and arranged drawings, photographs, and models of striking, and in some cases downright bizarre, buildings and monuments. (Josephine Minutillo Architectural Record)

Nimble, continuously surprising… looking beyond its traditional geographic infatuations, diving into fields too little researched and putting its standard narrative of 20th-century art and design under constructive pressure. (Jason Farago New York Times)