Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia

MoMA presents the first US exhibition dedicated to socialist Yugoslav architecture


Miodrag Živković, Monument to the Battle of Sutjeska, 1965-71, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina. View of the western exposure. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017.
From July 15, 2018 until January 13, 2019
The Museum of Modern Art presents Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, the first major US exhibition to study the remarkable body of architectural work from Yugoslavia that sparked international interest during the 45 years of the country’s existence.
Opening on 15 July, the exhibition focuses on the period of construction between Yugoslavia’s break with the Soviet bloc in 1948 and the death of the country’s leader Josip Broz Tito in 1980 – exploring the way architecture can produce shared, common space in a highly diverse society.
Featuring more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels, visitors will be presented with the ways 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.
'Historically speaking, a thorough investigation of the architectural production of socialist Yugoslavia will lead to a better understanding of an important but understudied chapter of architectural history in the bifurcated world order of the Cold War,' said Martino Stierli, the exhibition's curator.
'From a contemporary point of view, this body of work serves as a reminder that architecture can only thrive when there is a broad societal understanding of architecture’s power to transform and elevate society and the quality of life it offers citizens.'
Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 is organized by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and
Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Vladimir Kulić, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University, with Anna Kats, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.