MoMA: Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980

The exhibition "Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980" is opening on 10 July 2018 in Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA).

“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 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 […].”

The exhibition has been organized by curators Martino Stierli, Vladimir Kulić, and Anna Kats. Tamara Bjazić Klarin, PhD, and Sanja Horvatinčić, PhD, from the Institute of Art History in Zagreb, contributed as members of the Exhibition Advisory Board and authors of two chapters in the exhibition catalog. The exhibition will remain open until 13 January 2019.


Please visit the following links for more information on the exhibition and the exhibition catalogue.


Photo: Edvard Ravnikar, Republic Square (former Revolution Square). Author: Valentin Jeck for Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2016.

Tamara Bjažić Klarin
Sanja Horvatinčić