Architecture of Split 3 Featured in MoMA’s “Toward a Concrete Utopia” Exhibition (VIDEO)

Daniela Rogulj

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City is exhibiting Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, until January 19, 2019. 

Known as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan displays modern and contemporary art, from architecture, design, and drawings to sculptures, photography, films, electronic media, and more. 

The current exhibition at the museum, titled Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, introduces ‘the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time’. 

“Toward a Concrete Utopia explores themes of large-scale urbanization, technology in everyday life, consumerism, monuments and memorialization, and the global reach of Yugoslav architecture. The exhibition includes more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels from an array of municipal archives, family-held collections, and museums across the region, and features work by important architects including Bogdan Bogdanović, Juraj Neidhardt, Svetlana Kana Radević, Edvard Ravnikar, Vjenceslav Richter, and Milica Šterić,” writes the MoMA about the exhibition on their official website

On August 24, 2018, the official MoMA Facebook teased a short video clip of one of Croatia’s most famous ‘large-scale urban planning schemes in Yugoslavia’ – Split 3. 

“Built in the 1970s, Split 3—an expansion of the Croatian city of Split—was one of the last large-scale urban planning schemes in Yugoslavia and one of its most ambitious and successful. It combined megastructure housing blocks with careful attention to pedestrian streets, which were conceived as a forum for urban life, and a mixture of spaces for living, work, and leisure.

Providing housing for approximately fifty thousand new residents, the massive undertaking was praised internationally for its communal and public space and its integration into the existing terrain,” said MoMA about the Facebook video. 

You can check out the video below! 


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