The Balkanology exhibition can be visited between 15 October – 15 November, from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, at MNAC, Izvor St. 2-4, wing E4, Bucharest, Romania / Entrance from Calea 13 Septembrie. Free entrance.
Friday, 15. 10.2010
Press conference: 11 am / Guided tour: 11:45 am / Opening event: 6:30 pm
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, Kotor, Pula, Prishtina, Sofia, Tirana and Zagreb, the exhibition Balkonology. New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in Southeast Europe 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.
As an initiative – supported by ERSTE Stiftung from the outset – the exhibition opens up a new field, and provides an overview of the little known post-Socialist architecture as well as the result of unregulated and uncontrolled urban growth in the countries of Southeast Europe.
We invite you to the opening event, Friday, 15.10.2010, at 6:30 pm, MNAC, Izvor St. 2-4, wing E4, Bucharest, Romania / Entrance from Calea 13 Septembrie. Admission free.
“Balkanology” – the new architecture and the urban phenomenon in South East Europe
Balkanology opened a new field for the architectural discourse in Western Europe – an architecture less known from the post-Socialist era and the result of irregular, uncontrolled urban planning in South East Europe countries. The exhibition is focused on the impact of recent social and political changes on the urban architecture and planning.
Balkanology brings together major architects and urban planners in South East Europe and presents their approach for such vital urban changes. The exhibition displays the cultural, social and political sides of the urban phenomenon in the area. The key question is to what extent the informal, irregular urbanism develops new urban shapes and typologies and how such shapes could be included in the des-urbanising neo-liberal umbrella in the rest of Europe.
The exhibition presents research projects and real interventions, architectural studies and planning strategies. Balkanology does not stand for an image of the urban development which stays applicable for the whole region. Instead, it works on examples taken from various regions, in order to highlight local influences on the urban architecture and building, examining critically potential elements for a reconversion of urban planning.
“Balkans” is generally referred to the South East Europe, a region whose geographical definition varies. This vague term designed to name that area is an invention of the 19th century. In the European or Western imaginary, the word “Balkan” stands for something ambiguous, hybrid, a transitory state; a concept to be used positively or negatively.
Balkanology actually goes beyond ordinary clichés to build a different image of the urban development in the region and of the forces shaping that.
Vladimir Kulic and Maroje Mrduljaš/ Platforma 9,81, Zagreb/ Co-PLAN, Tirana/ EXPEDITIO, Kotor/ Archis Interventions, Prishtine/ Katherine Carl and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Novi Sad/ Philadelphia/ Dubravka Sekulic and Ivan Kucina, Belgrade/ Anri Sala si Edi Rama, Tirana/ Luise Donschen/ Visar Geci, Hamburg/ Prishtine/ Dubravka Sekulic and Branko Belacevic, Belgrade/ Pula Group, Pula/ fordewind architecture ltd., Sofia/ Zeppelin, Bucharest and 41 Projects for architecture photographed by Wolfgang Thaler.