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

Museum of Modern Art, New York

15 Jul 2018 - 13 Jan 2019

Focusing on architectural work from 1948–80 in former Yugoslavia, this exhibition investigates architecture’s capacity to produce a shared civic space and common history through drawings, models, photographs, and film reels from an array of municipal archives, personal collections, and museums. With galleries dedicated to the topics of modernisation, global networks, everyday life, and identities, it explores themes of large-scale urbanisation, technological experimentation and its application not only in everyday life but also the global reach of Yugoslav architecture. Featuring work by noted architects including Bogdan Bogdanović, Svetlana Kana Radević, Edvard Ravnikar, and Milica Šterić, the exhibition examines the range of forms and modes of production in Yugoslav architecture and its distinct yet multifaceted character. Find out more about the ‘Toward a Concrete Utopia’ exhibition from MoMA’s website.

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Exhibition poster for the retrospective of architect Janko Konstantinov, 1984. Personal archive of Jovan Ivanovski

Exhibition poster for the retrospective of architect Janko Konstantinov (1984). Personal archive of Jovan Ivanovski

Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija, Petrova Gora, Croatia, 1979-81, Berislav Šerbetić and Vojin Bakić. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija, Petrova Gora, Croatia (1979–81), Berislav Šerbetić and Vojin Bakić. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

Hotel Adriatic II, Opatija, Croatia, 1970-71, Branko Žnidarec. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

Hotel Adriatic II, Opatija, Croatia (1970–71), Branko Žnidarec. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

National and University Library of Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo, 1971-82, Andrija Mutnjaković. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art

National and University Library of Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo (1971–82), Andrija Mutnjaković. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art

Monument to the Battle of the Sutjeska, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1965-71, Miodrag Živković and Đorđe Zloković. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

Monument to the Battle of the Sutjeska, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1965–71), Miodrag Živković and Đorđe Zloković. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

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