CITY GALLERY BELGRADE, Open Competition

Honorary Mention

projects

How to propose a believable institution for exposure of visual culture in an era of no trust in the identity of the nation and in positive characters of politics? To suggest a public gallery or a gallery of public life in the era of shaky integrations into the "fortress Europe?" New monumentality? New Byzantium? Turbo Folk? Is it still possible to redefine traditional typologies of gallery spaces? Today when art finds itself on a path of overcoming its media, its identities and spaces of representation, much more in front than architecture…During the recent years we saw nervous attempts of architects to escape from the effects of modernism, communism and functionalism, domination of a rule that white orthogonal spaces guaranty perfect conditions for exposing art. Right's Guggenheim succeeded to impose a new symbol of organization [spiral] while Gehry's Bilbao [especially Second Bilbao] suffers from a delinquent negation of symbols and exists as a victim of its size and grandeur. Instead of unnecessary fight for the redefinition of identity we suggest a new relation between galleries and public space in a society that is in a slow transition. The largest part of cultural institutions serves only one part of the population. The majority knows only about its outside. But if that ration can stay like that for a concert house or an opera with an elite of visitors, it cannot remain like that for a kunsthalle type building. City Gallery Belgrade reveals its inner voids onto the void of the main square. It does not need to be didactic, while it can look down on how we change.

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