Continuity of the Avant-Garde
19.09.09 – 07.11.09
‘What is so avant-gardist about Croatian architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries?’, Adolf Stiller (Viennese architect and critic) once asked himself. To answer this question, the exhibition ‘Continuity of the Avant-Garde – fragments of Croatian Architecture from modernism to 2009′ was put together in collaboration with the Croatian architecture magazine Oris, and will be on view this autumn at Arcam.
The exhibition shows projects from three distinguished periods: the thirties, the fifties and sixties and the nineties up until 2009. The focus is on villas, housing blocks, schools, churches, monuments and infrastructure projects in cities such as Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, with work by, among others, Frane Cota, Stjepan Planić, Nikola Dobrović, Ivan Vitić, Kazimir Ostrogović, Hrvoje Njirić and 3LHD.
Even if they do not directly answer the question posed, together these projects nevertheless give the outsider an idea of the wonder that has taken place in Croatia over the past century and therefore raise another question. How is it that in an unsettled period with so much war, architecture of such a high quality has come into being?
Symposium, Book presentation and opening – 18.09.09
Specially for the Amsterdam edition of this touring exhibition, the opening will be preceded by a debate about Croatian architecture.
13.30 Doors open
14.00 Word of welcome by Maarten Kloos (director of ARCAM)
14.10 Symposium part 1: speeches by Andrija Rusan (publisher and editor of Oris) and Vedran Mimica (director of Berlage Institute)
15.30 Symposium part 2: discussion with Vera Grimmer, Tadej Glažar, Maroje Mrduljaš (editors Oris) and the speakers chaired by Maarten Kloos
16.30 Presentation of the book Different Repetitions: Buildings & Projects 1999 – 2009 by Branimir Medić and Pero Puljiz
17.15 Opening of the exhibition Continuity of the Avant-Gard by Josip Paro, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to The Netherlands
Admission is free. Please sign up via: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIMOA offers a preview of several projects that are covered in the exhibition. To see them all, click here.
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