Bogdan Bogdanovic (1922–2010) was a Yugoslav architect, theorist, professor and a one-time mayor of Belgrade. His idiosyncratic memorials to the victims and heroes of World War II, scattered around the former Yugoslavia, continue to attract attention today, more than 25 years after the country’s collapse. The monuments, cemeteries, mausoleums, memorial parks, necropolises, cenotaphs and other sites of memory Bogdanovic designed between the early 1950s and late 1970s occupy a unique place in the history of modern architecture, redrawing the boundaries between architecture, landscape and sculpture in varied and unexpected ways.
This book presents Bogdanovic’s built oeuvre through his own eyes, in a selection of nearly 50 color photographs of his memorials, which the architect took soon after the completion of each project. Carefully staged and taken with professional medium-format cameras, these photos, many of them previously unpublished, are in themselves works of art that bespeak their author’s surrealist sensibility.
The publication includes an introduction by the architectural historian Vladimir Kulic, a preface by curator Martino Stierli and a selection of Bogdanovic’s own thoughts on photography, excerpted from an unpublished interview that Kulic conducted in 2005.
Vladimir Kulic is an award-winning architectural historian and Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. He is the winner of the Bruno Zevi Prize for a Historical-Critical Essay on Architecture and grants from the Graham Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the American Academy in Berlin.
Wolfgang Thaler is a Vienna-based professional photographer specializing in architectural photography.
Martino Stierli is the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.