ARCHITECTURE SURVEYS, COMPETITIONS, AND PERIODICALS

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The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 200 pgs / 235 color.

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The Museum of Modern Art, 07/15/18–01/13/19

"Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980, an outstanding new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, brings us back to [the] vanished Socialist state, whose postwar architecture had all the ambition and invention found in the United States, Brazil, Japan and other centers of building at the time. From Ljubljana in the northwest to Skopje in the south, Yugoslavia’s cities served as public expressions of political reinvention, while huge, abstract anti-Fascist monuments, markers of national unity but also artistic independence, dotted the countryside. This nimble, continuously surprising show is exactly how MoMA should be thinking as it prepares to occupy its expanded home — 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, The New York Times

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

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

Edited with text by Martino Stierli, Vladimir Kulic. Text by Tamara Bjazic Klarin, Vladimir Deskov, Andrew Herscher, Sanja Horvatincic, Theodossis Issaias, Ana Ivanovska Deskova, Jovan Ivanovski, Jelica Jovanovic, Anna Kats, Juliet Kinchin, Martina Malesic, Maroje Mrduljas, Arber Sadiki, Luka Skansi, Lukasz Stanek, Matthew Worsnick, Mejrema Zatric. Photographic portfolio by Valentin Jeck.

Monument to the Battle of the Sutjeska, Tjentiste, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1965-71, by architect Dorde Zlokovic and sculptor Miodrag Zivkovic is reproduced from 'Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.'

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 study 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 understudied 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.


Monument to the Battle of the Sutjeska, Tjentiste, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1965-71, by architect Dorde Zlokovic and sculptor Miodrag Zivkovic is reproduced from 'Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.'

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New York Times

Jason Farago

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.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/16/2018

MoMA's 'Toward a Concrete Utopia' revives a lost architecture

MoMA's 'Toward a Concrete Utopia' revives a lost architecture

Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, many of its most ambitious architectural projects have fallen into disrepair. "The commons—from urban public spaces to the various civic, educational, and cultural facilities—have been subject to shady privatization schemes, reduced to mere real estate," Martino Stierli and Vladimir Kulic write in MoMA's wonderful Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980. "Many of the monuments commemorating the victims of fascism and the antifascist struggle of World War II have been vandalized or completely destroyed, now discredited as 'Communist.' Though the vast majority of buildings and structures continue to be used and inhabited, they—as with postwar and brutalist architecture in other parts of the world—have suffered from neglect due to a general lack of appreciation of the architectural propositions and concerns of that period." Pictured here is a monument to the Ilinden Uprising, Krusevo, Macedonia, 1970-73, by Iskra and Jordan Grabul. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/15/2018

Fantastic Brutalism in hot MoMA show, 'Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980'

Fantastic Brutalism in hot MoMA show, 'Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980'

Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 opens this weekend at MoMA, and already reviews are pouring out from media outlets like Metropolis, Wallpaper, Dexigner, ArchDaily and The Art Newspaper, to name a few. Not only is the fantastical Brutalism of the architecture of short-lived Yugoslavia fascinating, but the photography in the accompanying exhibition catalog is outstanding. Pictured here is the National and University Library of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo, 1971-82, designed by architect Andrija Mutnjakovic. continue to blog


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