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Bogdan Bogdanovic – the practice of architecture under changing political regimes in Yugoslavia

Why the talk is inspiring?

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This conversation discusses the work of the architect Bogdan Bogdanovic in former Yugoslavia. He became particularly known for his monumental sculptures and monuments in the 1970s and 1980s, but also his teaching at the architectural school in Belgrade. In his position as the mayor of Belgrade between 1982 and 1986 he called for a competition for the redesign of New Belgrade and became known for his controversial politics and eccentric statements. With the arrival of Slobodan Milosević as the leader of the Communist Party in 1987 and his nationalistic politics that eventually caused the ethnic wars in Yugoslavia, Bogdan Bogdanovic had to leave all his public positions and was forced into an “inner emigration” until he could leave Belgrade in 1993.

The speakers in this conversation will discuss the work and writing of Bogdan Bogdanovic and will also try to assess the sometimes paradoxical nature of gestures of politics that do not always follow the clear demarcation of political fronts: sometimes gestures of resistance need to incorporate gestures of complicity.



Ivan Ristić

How the speaker is exceptional?


Art historian (PhD) mainly focused on Classic Modernism and the oeuvre of Bogdan Bogdanovic; freelance curator, guide and journalist of Yugoslav origin living in Vienna since 1993.


Der verdammte Baumeister. Erinnerungen.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

Why the book is worth reading?

Written by the architect Bogdan Bogdanovic himself, the book gives the flavour of the original language and thought processes involved in the work of this extraordinary architect.


Bogdan Bogdanovic: Memoria und Utopie in Tito-Jugoslawien

Wieser Verlag

Why the book is worth reading?

This comprehensive exhibition catalogue provides an insight into the oeuvre of one the most distinguished monument architects and urbanologists in Yugoslavia, including several examples of Bogdanovic’s theoretical articles from 1950s, 1970s and 1980s.