JULY 5, 2018 –JANUARY 13, 2019 THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. 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, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.
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. From the sculptural interior of the White Mosque in rural Bosnia, to the post-earthquake reconstruction of the city of Skopje based on Kenzo Tange’s Metabolist design, to the new town of New Belgrade, with its expressive large-scale housing blocks and civic buildings, the exhibition examines the unique range of forms and modes of production in Yugoslav architecture and its distinct yet multifaceted character.
Organized by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Vladimir Kulić, guest curator, with Anna Kats, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.
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Taller KEN, founded in 2013 by Gregory Melitonov and Ines Guzman, is a New York and Guatemala based architecture practice focused on playful design with social and cultural relevancy.
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Urbahn Architects - architecture has the power to manifest our ideals, strengthen our communities, and elevate our civic intercourse.
Urbahn Architects is a full-service planning and design firm based in New York City whose work touches many lives. Since 1945, we have designed projects for organizations and institutions that engage the public in the Healthcare, Education, Justice, Science, and Infrastructure sectors. This practice has formed Urbahn’s belief that architecture has the power to manifest our ideals, strengthen our communities, and to elevate our civic intercourse.
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TPG was founded in 1979.
Headquartered in New York City with an office in Long Island and a London affiliate, the firm works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
While our core business focuses on Corporate Interiors and Retail Design, TPG has cultivated practice groups in Advanced Technology and Broadcast, Architecture, Healthcare, Education and Branding and Graphics. Organized in sector-specific studios, TPG provides the strong personal and specialized service of a small firm as well as the breadth and depth of resources offered by a large organization.
There are presently nine equity principals. This fact gives our firm tremendous depth at the leadership level, which enables the stability, diversity and design quality that has characterized this organization since its inception.
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