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Conference Unfinished Modernizations: Outlining of Tendencies

Zagreb, Croatia, 1-2 Ottobre




L’unitÓ di ricerca (Architettura in Jugoslavija - 1918-1990 - Luka Skansi e Ines Tolić) partecipa alla conferenza:


Unfinished Modernizations: Outlining of Tendencies





MOSOR MOVIE THEATER, 1 – 2 October 2010



Unfinished Modernizations: Outlining of Tendencies is a conference organised by Croatian Architects’ Association that marks the beginning of the two-year collaboration project Unfinished Modernizations – Between Utopia and Pragmatism. By presenting the research topics, this kick-off conference will try to outline the socio-political and cultural context, as well as historical circumstances that affected the architecture and urban planning in the region, as well as the divergent directions of their development. This will help trigger a critical debate about the modernization processes and their social and cultural effects, on the example of the built environment.


On the first day of conference, esteemed lecturers and guests will set the historical and theoretical project framework of the theme from the perspective of their respective disciplines. The lecturers include professor David Harvey (The City University of New York), a renowned British-American urban geographer and anthropologists, and one of the most influential theoretician of urban space in the past few decades, dr. Ljiljana Kolešnik, ( Institute of art history) art historian from Zagreb who, among other things, made key contribution to the interpretation of art in the 1950s Croatia within the ideological and social context, and dr. Dejan Jović, historian from the Stirling University, an expert in Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history. Dafne Berc and Maroje Mrduljaš will host a public interview with theoretician Matko Meštrović, founder and protagonist of numerous key events and initiatives in Croatia, like the international movement New Tendencies, Gorgona art group, or the Center for Industrial Design and with architect Bogdan Budimirov, who is one of the pioneers of prefabricated construction in the region.


On the second day of the conference, the research teams participating in the project will present the themes of their researches, followed by a discussion about the directions the future collaboration will take.


The conference shall be accompanied by the exhibition Frames of Modernist Heritage by the Viennese photographer Wolfgang Thaler. In the past two years, he traveled around former Yugoslavia, photographing socialist period architecture. His work is a testament to the individual architectural cultures of the countries of the former Yugoslavia, about the credibility and eloquence of different architectural languages that were developed on a relatively small and heterogeneous territory, as a consequence of general modernization processes and individual poetics. For the first time in one place, Thaler’s extensive and painstakingly collected photographic data will be shown in one place. Very subtly and atmospherically it records the current condition and life of architecture in the region. The exhibition is also a rather extensive, perhaps surprising, and completely subjective view of the exciting and extremely rich body of modernist and post-modernist architecture in former Yugoslavia that has never before been coherently presented or systematically processed. 



1 October, Mosor Movie Theater


5pm  – 5.30pm

Presentation of the project Unfinished Modernizations: Between Utopia and Pragmatism

Maroje Mrduljaš, Vladimir Kulić (project founders)


5.30pm – 6.30pm

Dejan Jović (University Stirling, Scotland)


6.30pm – 7.30pm 

Ljiljana Kolešnik

(Institute of art history, Zagreb)


7.30pm – 8.30pm 

Public interview: Matko Meštrović, Bogdan Budimirov


8.30pm – 9.30pm 

David Harvey

(The City University of New York)


2 October, Mosor Movie Theater 


10 am – 2 pm

Presentation and introduction to the 14 research teams


2 pm – 3 pm



3 pm – 4 pm



8 pm Galerija Vladimir Nazor

Opening of the exhibition Frames of Modernist Heritage by Wolfgang Thaler



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