Today Design Gallerist gone show the first major U.S. exhibition to examine the wide range and complexity of structures built under Josip Broz Tito’s reign, this Exhibition is Dedicated to the Architecture of Former Yugoslavia. Socialist Yugoslavia has not existed for almost 25 years, but it still had yet to receive proper recognition for its unique architectural landscape—until now.
Socialist Yugoslavia’s architectural culture, has been ignored in Western perception until quite recently. That’s all about to change: On July 15, the museum opened a new exhibition on the subject, titled Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.
Organized by Stierli, guest curator Vladimir Kulić, and curatorial assistant Anna Kats, Toward a Concrete Utopia presents more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels—drawn from municipal archives, family collections, and museums—that present the work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an audience of MoMA’s size for the first time.
The exhibition is broken into four sections that examine architecture’s role in molding a new way for Yugoslavia, namely Modernization, Global Networks, Everyday Life, and Identities. Featuring an expansive array of photographs, building models, furniture, and newly commissioned film, Toward a Concrete Utopia provides a nuanced look at the long-overlooked period of architecture and design.
“And Yugoslavia, in an exemplary way, shows how architecture was employed and could be employed, for the construction of a utopian project of a society that socialist Yugoslavia was essentially about.”
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