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Bogdan Bogdanović: Dissident in life, architecture and writing

Korolija Fontana-Giusti, Gordana (2013) Bogdan Bogdanović: Dissident in life, architecture and writing. In: Weizman, Ines, ed. Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence. Critiques: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 33-45. ISBN 978-0-415-71408-2. E-ISBN 978-1-315-77994-2. (doi:10.4324/9781315779942) (KAR id:82689)

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The paper analyses selected works of Bogdan Bogdanović (1922- 2010). This Serbian architect, writer and Professor of Architecture at

the University of Belgrade, was the author of numerous monuments devoted to the victims of fascism in former Yugoslavia (1952-81). As the Mayor of Belgrade (1982-86) Bogdanović was a liberal member of the Yugoslav Communist Party and later, a strong opponent of Milošević’s regime. This paper argues that Bogdanović has always been both a dissident and an avant-garde proponent of architectural surrealism and its wider culture. Living with the belief that the vocation of an architect presupposes lifetime devotion to learning and experimentation, Bogdanović carried on with this attitude throughout his life. This approach, spiced up with playfulness and mystery as presented in his early volume Zaludna mistrija (The Futile Trowel) 1968, is the focus of this paper. In this unusual book the narratives are an intrinsic part of the architectural realm including design, drawings of various kinds, and the built form itself.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781315779942
Uncontrolled keywords: Master builder, architect, surrealist, dissident, avant-garde, Platonic, Pythagorean, twentieth-century architecture, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Belgrade
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Gordana Fontana-Giusti
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2020 09:19 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:26 UTC
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