Entitled “Architecture. Sculpture. Memory. The art of monuments of Yugoslavia 1945–1991”, the exhibition, featuring photos of 33 monuments or memorial complexes from the former Yugoslavia, premiered at the Dessa Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2020.
“In the architecture and art of ex-Yugoslavia, the monuments to the victims of the People’s Liberation War stand out,” the Miroslav Kraljević Gallery said.
The authors of those monuments were renowned Yugoslav architects, urbanists and sculptors such as Bogdan Bogdanović, Edvard Ravnikar, Vojin Bakić, Dušan Džamonja and Zdenko Kolacio.
Instead of the regime’s symbolism, their creations combined the present, the past, mystique, geometry, archetypal symbols and new materials, architecture and spatial poetics, the historical aura of locations and new forms of communication with viewers, the gallery said.
“From the perspective of monument art after World War II, Yugoslav monuments are among the most impressive accomplishments.”
Before Zagreb, the exhibition was staged in the Istrian town of Novigrad.
The exhibition was conceived and organised by Boštjan Bugarič, Kristina Dešman, Maja Ivanič, Špela Kuhar, Eva Mavsar, Špela Nardoni Kovač and Damjana Zaviršek Hudnik.
The Zagreb exhibition is open until 17 September, after which it moves to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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