Exhibiting in Slovenia symposium, 5.-6. 12. 2019, Ljubljana
The exhibition Stan za naše prilike/Housing for Our Conditions, held in Ljubljana in 1956, had an important role in the discussion of the housing development in Yugoslavia and implementation of new concepts of modern living. It was held by the Permanent Conference of Towns and Town Communities of the FPRY as “an exhibition on housing economics, techniques, and culture” and was accompanied by the First All-Yugoslav Consultation on Housing Development and Dwellings. The exhibition was dedicated to the complex social problem of the housing and its positive and negative aspects, covering a broad scope of different forms and practices evident in various parts of the state. It presented historical development of the dwelling, as well as models for contemporary apartments based on a synthetic approach to interior design and “rational furniture”, introducing talented architects and new collectives such as SIO (the Studio for Industrial Design). This paper, based on archival and periodical research, discusses the exhibition, its role and consequences with the special emphasis put on the politics and culture of Yugoslavia’ housing and interior design in the post-war years.
Lovorka Magaš Bilandžić is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. Her academic focus include modern and contemporary art, particularly graphic art, graphic and stage design, photography, and the history of exhibitions.
Patricia Počanić received her MA in Art History and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She is currently an assistant and a PhD candidate at the Postgraduate Doctoral Programme of Art History at the same faculty. Her academic focus include the art of the second half of the 20th century, state acquisitions of artworks for public institutions, and intervention practices in the public space.
The symposium was organized in cooperation with the Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška and Božidar Jakac Art Museum, and supported by ERSTE Foundation.