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Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Brutalism was popular throughout the eastern bloc but the former Yugoslavia made it its own - seizing on it as a way to forge a visual identity poised between East and West.

Interest in the style is soaring - particularly since a 2018 exhibition in New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) called Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980.
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October 30, 2019
The Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija stands in Petrova Gora, Croatia, February...
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The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
The Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija stands in Petrova Gora, Croatia, February 26, 2019. Examples of Yugoslav brutalism include the huge memorials commemorating the struggle against fascism, often placed in dramatic rural settings. Many of those pieces of art remain in disrepair, such as The Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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October 30, 2019
A security worker walks inside Hall 1 of the Belgrade Fair in Belgrade, Serbia, July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Marko...
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The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A security worker walks inside Hall 1 of the Belgrade Fair in Belgrade, Serbia, July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A couple walks in front of the war memorial monument "Battle of Sutjeska" in Tjentiste, Bosnia and Herzegovina,...
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The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A couple walks in front of the war memorial monument "Battle of Sutjeska" in Tjentiste, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 16, 2019. Examples of Yugoslav brutalism include the huge memorials commemorating the struggle against fascism, often placed in dramatic rural settings. Many of those pieces of art remain in disrepair, however, the Tjentiste memorial, commemorating the killing of 7,000 people by the Nazis was renovated last year. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A formally used Yugoslav passenger aircraft sits in front of the Aeronautical Museum in Belgrade, Serbia,...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A formally used Yugoslav passenger aircraft sits in front of the Aeronautical Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, March 5, 2019. After World War Two socialist Yugoslavia led by Josip Broz Tito set out to reconstruct a land destroyed by fighting. Residential blocks, hotels, civic centres and monuments all made of concrete shot up across the country. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
The Eastern City Gate apartment buildings complex stands in the Konjarnik neighbourhood in Belgrade,...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
The Eastern City Gate apartment buildings complex stands in the Konjarnik neighbourhood in Belgrade, Serbia, July 30, 2019. Brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete was popular throughout the eastern bloc. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
Genex Tower, also known as The Western City gate, stands in Belgrade, Serbia, March 1, 2019. The building...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Genex Tower, also known as The Western City gate, stands in Belgrade, Serbia, March 1, 2019. The building consists of two soaring pillars, connected by an aerial bridge. The tower is one of the most significant examples of brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete. "Genex tower is among the most interesting sight. People see it on their way from the airport and it immediately draws their attention," said Vojin Muncin, manager of the Yugotour sightseeing agency which guides tourists around the Serbian capital. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
Karaburma Housing Tower, also known as the "Toblerone" building, stands in the Karaburma district in...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Karaburma Housing Tower, also known as the "Toblerone" building, stands in the Karaburma district in Belgrade, Serbia, March 5, 2019. Brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete was popular throughout the eastern bloc. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER" IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
Chairs line up inside the Yugoslavia Saloon, inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Chairs line up inside the Yugoslavia Saloon, inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1, 2019. The Palata Srbija building hosted former world leaders. Each of the former Yugoslav republics had its own salon with a central room called the hall of Yugoslavia. Furniture and carpets were custom made and some of the most prominent artists produced paintings and mosaics. "It is a shame to keep such a master piece away from the eyes of the public," said Sandra Tesla, curator of the building. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
Clinical Hospital Dubrava stands in Zagreb, Croatia, February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH...
Zagreb, Croatia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Clinical Hospital Dubrava stands in Zagreb, Croatia, February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A crystal chandelier hangs beneath a nineteen meter dome weighing more than nine tonnes in Yugoslavia...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A crystal chandelier hangs beneath a nineteen meter dome weighing more than nine tonnes in Yugoslavia saloon inside the The Palata Srbija building, Belgrade, Serbia, July 1, 2019. The Palata Srbija building hosted former world leaders. "It is a shame to keep such a master piece away from the eyes of the public," said Sandra Tesla, curator of the building. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
Laundry hangs out to dry inside the Block 23, apartment neighbourhood in Belgrade, Serbia, July 31, 2019....
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Laundry hangs out to dry inside the Block 23, apartment neighbourhood in Belgrade, Serbia, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica Laundry hangs out to dry outside of Block 23 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia, July 31, 2019. Brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete was popular throughout the eastern bloc. After World War Two socialist Yugoslavia led by Josip Broz Tito set out to reconstruct a land destroyed by fighting. Residential blocks, hotels, civic centres and monuments all made of concrete shot up across the country. The architecture was supposed to show the power of a state between two worlds - Western democracy and the communist East, looking to forge its own path and create a socialist utopia. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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October 30, 2019
Garage doors are seen outside Block 23 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia, July 31,...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Garage doors are seen outside Block 23 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia, July 31, 2019. After World War Two socialist Yugoslavia led by Josip Broz Tito set out to reconstruct a land destroyed by fighting. Residential blocks, hotels, civic centres and monuments all made of concrete shot up across the country. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A staircase stands within The Great Hall inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A staircase stands within The Great Hall inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1, 2019. The Palata Srbija building hosted former world leaders. Each of the former Yugoslav republics had its own salon with a central room called the hall of Yugoslavia. "It is a shame to keep such a master piece away from the eyes of the public," said Sandra Tesla, curator of the building. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A dated Volkswagen Golf car drives past Blok 61 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia,...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A dated Volkswagen Golf car drives past Blok 61 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia, March 1, 2019. Brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete was popular throughout the eastern bloc. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A door leads into the Yugoslavia saloon, inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A door leads into the Yugoslavia saloon, inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1, 2019. The Palata Srbija building hosted former world leaders. Each of the former Yugoslav republics had its own salon with a central room called the hall of Yugoslavia. "It is a shame to keep such a master piece away from the eyes of the public," said Sandra Tesla, curator of the building. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A carpet lies inside the Serbia saloon, in The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1, 2019....
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A carpet lies inside the Serbia saloon, in The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1, 2019. The Palata Srbija building hosted former world leaders. Each of the former Yugoslav republics had its own salon with a central room called the hall of Yugoslavia. Furniture and carpets were custom made and some of the most prominent artists produced paintings and mosaics. "It is a shame to keep such a master piece away from the eyes of the public," said Sandra Tesla, curator of the building. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A staircase is seen inside the Block 11, apartment neighbourhood in Belgrade, Serbia, July 31, 2019....
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A staircase is seen inside the Block 11, apartment neighbourhood in Belgrade, Serbia, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica A staircase leads through Block 11 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia, July 31, 2019. After World War Two socialist Yugoslavia led by Josip Broz Tito set out to reconstruct a land destroyed by fighting. Residential blocks, hotels, civic centres and monuments all made of concrete shot up across the country. The architecture was supposed to show the power of a state between two worlds - Western democracy and the communist East, looking to forge its own path and create a socialist utopia. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A chandelier hangs from the top of the Croatia saloon inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade,...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A chandelier hangs from the top of the Croatia saloon inside The Palata Srbija building in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1, 2019. The Palata Srbija building hosted former world leaders. Each of the former Yugoslav republics had its own salon with a central room called the hall of Yugoslavia. "It is a shame to keep such a master piece away from the eyes of the public," said Sandra Tesla, curator of the building. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
Windows face out of the building, known as the "TV building", on Block 28 neighbourhood in New Belgrade,...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Windows face out of the building, known as the "TV building", on Block 28 neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia, March 5, 2019. Brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete was popular throughout the eastern bloc. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art stands in Belgrade, Serbia, July 22, 2019. After World War Two socialist...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
The Museum of Contemporary Art stands in Belgrade, Serbia, July 22, 2019. After World War Two socialist Yugoslavia led by Josip Broz Tito set out to reconstruct a land destroyed by fighting. Residential blocks, hotels, civic centres and monuments all made of concrete shot up across the country. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
A man jogs on a treadmill inside the Milan Gale Muskatirovic Sports Centre in Belgrade, Serbia, July...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
A man jogs on a treadmill inside the Milan Gale Muskatirovic Sports Centre in Belgrade, Serbia, July 22, 2019. After World War Two socialist Yugoslavia led by Josip Broz Tito set out to reconstruct a land destroyed by fighting. Residential blocks, hotels, civic centres and monuments all made of concrete shot up across the country. REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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October 30, 2019
Miodrag Zivkovic, 91, architect of the "Battle of Sutjeska" memorial monument, poses for a picture with...
Belgrade, Serbia
The Wider Image: Yugoslavia's brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
Miodrag Zivkovic, 91, architect of the "Battle of Sutjeska" memorial monument, poses for a picture with the original maquette in his home in Belgrade, Serbia, February 27, 2019. Zivkovic, the sculptor of the 19 metre-high concrete Tjentiste memorial was among the first artists in the former Yugoslavia to use concrete. "It is stable material, resembling stone but it is easier to work with," he said. "For every project back in those days there was a national contest, and artists from all over the country had the opportunity to apply, and that competition produced quality." REUTERS/Marko Djurica SEARCH "ARCHITECTURE DJURICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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