In-Vogue

Post-War Yugoslavia

By VANI MALIK

With more than 400 displays, Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, is the first major exhibition in the US to study architectural work from Yugoslavia of those decades

Struggling to find a balance between the Capitalism of the West and the Socialist ideology of the East, the state of Yugoslavia found its architects responding to the contradiction with infrastructure and designs that displayed a post-war feeling and scenario, unique from what could be seen in Europe and beyond. Yugoslavian architecture was a manifestation of radical diversity, hybridity and idealism that was characteristic of the state itself. The exhibition, Toward a Concrete Utopia, introduces the exceptional work of the socialist architects of that time to an international audience. It highlights a fairly understudied body of work from the state. Architects, including Bogdan Bogdanović, Juraj Neidhardt, Svetlana Kana Radević, Edvard Ravnikar, find their work displayed here amongst other exhibits collected from municipal archives, family-held collections and museums across the region. From the White Mosque of Bosnia to the new town of Belgrade with large-scale housing, the exhibition explores themes of large-scale urbanisation, technology, consumerism and the global reach of the Yugoslav architecture. It is on view at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York.

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