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Exhibiting Yugoslavia (April 26, 2018)

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The Balkans region has long been seen as only peripherally associated with the project of modernity, and the lands of the former Yugoslavia have been construed in Western art, literature, and culture as Europe’s internal “other”. However, in carefully considering Yugoslav architects’ production and networks of exchange between the years 1948 and 1980, a very different picture of the region emerges. Martino Stierli, the Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, talked about his upcoming exhibition on the topic. Rather than a secondary backwater of the modern world, Stierli situated socialist Yugoslavia at the forefront of the period’s international architectural discourse, due in large part to the country’s diverse associations with architects on both sides of the Iron Curtain as well as in Africa and the Middle East. In this sense, the country’s architectural culture can be seen as a laboratory of globalization that undermined Cold War-era dichotomies. Stierli’s presentation was followed by a response from Saša Begović, the founding partner of Croatian-based 3LHD Architects.

Panelists: Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Saša Begović, Senior Partner, 3LHD Architects, Zagreb, Croatia

Moderated by: Esra Akcan Architecture and CIES, Cornell University