Balkanology: New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe

National Museum of Contemporary Art (15.10.2010 – 15.11.2010). In cooperation with AzW Architekturzentrum Wien / Vienna and SAM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel. Curated by Kai Vöckler

The exhibition presented in 2008 by the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel and by the Architekturzentrum in Vienna has now opened at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest. Extensive informal construction that began with the end of the Socialist economic system has resulted in a radical transformation of urban structures and a new form of urbanisation. With examples from Belgrade, Bucharest, Pula, Prishtina, Sofia, Tirana and Zagreb, the exhibition shows how architects, urbanists and activists engage with the rapid processes of urban transformation in a context of their cultural, social and political dimensions in the Balkan countries. Research projects, concrete interventions, architectural analyses and planning strategies are introduced – along with little known exceptional Yugoslavian modern socialist buildings in a dialogue with contemporary architecture (cocurators: Vladimir Kulic, Maroje Mrduljas).

Organisers: Zeppelin Association, Arhitectura and the Union of Architects of Romania. The exhibition in Bucharest is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest and Quehenberger.