On the wings of modernity: WWII memorials in Yugoslavia

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https://doi.org/10.52200/59.A.8QPZRS1O

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Memorial sites dedicated to the National Liberation War, revolution and the victims of fascism have played an important role in the cultural and political life of the socialist Yugoslavia. The changing political course of Yugoslavia from 1948 influenced its cultural strategy. This reflected the artists’ sensibility and tendency towards abstract sculpture, which culminated during the 1960s and 1970s. In this essay we will examine the influx of modern art and architecture on the aesthetics of the memorials from the era. We will also focus on their contemporary representation as an important part of cultural heritage.

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Prica, V. P., & Lajbenšperger, N. (2018). On the wings of modernity: WWII memorials in Yugoslavia. Docomomo Journal, (59), 74–78. https://doi.org/10.52200/59.A.8QPZRS1O

Published

2018-11-01

Author Biographies

Vladana Putnik Prica, University of Belgrade

(b. Serbia, 1986). Art historian, researcher associate at the Art History Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University in Belgrade. Her field of research is the history of architecture in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia in the 20th century. She defended her PhD thesis Architecture of Sokol Halls in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croatians and Slovenians and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 2014. She was the co-author of several exhibitions in Belgrade and other cities of the Balkan region. She has participated in international conferences and published articles in many distinguished scientific journals. She was a research fellow on the project (In)appropriate Monuments (2015–2017).

Nenad Lajbenšperger, University of Belgrade

(b. Serbia, 1979). Master historian, completed his undergraduate and master studies in history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, where he currently attends doctoral studies. Since 2006 he has been employed in the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia. He deals with research and protection of war time memorials and, in that area, he has published several papers. He was an associate in several activities related to the monuments and memory on the wars, and of their victims in the Balkan region, one of which was the project (In)appropriate Monuments (2015–2017).

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