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Ausstellung Neglected Architecture, Nachkriegsmoderne in Ost- und Mitteleuropa Vernissage: 6. November 2014, Neglected Grassland, Neue Kräme 29 (Sandhofpassage), Frankfurt a. Main

Mit einem paneuropäischen Picknick auf einem Feld an der ungarisch-österreichischen Grenze fiel im August 1989 der Eiserne Vorhang. Dies war das Ende eines sozialen, politischen, ökonomischen und kulturellen Experimentes. Die Architektur war ein wichtiger Bestandteil dieses Experimentes. Sie konkretisierte die sozialen Ideale, scheiterte aber oft an den wirtschaftlichen und politischen Realitäten. Trotzdem entstanden während der kommunistischen Zeit herausragende Beispiele zeitgenössischer Architektur. Während jahrzehntelang der Eiserne Vorhang den Blick auf diese Architektur verstellte, sind es heute oft Desinteresse oder Vorurteile. Mit der Wende mussten und wollten sich Mittel- und Osteuropa neu orientieren. Die freie Marktwirtschaft brachte auch freies (das heißt „wildes“) Bauen. Das Niveau der Architektur aus kommunistischer Zeit wird aber nur selten erreicht.

NEGLECTED
ARCHITECTURE
NACHKRIEGSMODERNE IN OST- UND MITTELEUROPA
Fotos: Peter Sägesser

Einladung zur Vernissage:
Donnerstag, 6. November 2014, ab 19 Uhr

DJ-Sets:
Hans Romanov und Oliverse

Bar Neglected Grassland
Neue Kräme 29 (Sandhofpassage)
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Ausstellungsdauer: 7.11. – 7.12.2014neglected-architecture

architecture in Poland

If you travel through Poland, you will find in several places interesting architecture from different periods. See here some examples and for more pictures visit www.ostarchitektur.com

Architecture Belgrade

More Infos and photos on my webpage www.ostarchitektur.com and choose the town you want to visit.

Makedonium, Kruševo, Macedonia

Makedonium in Kruševo

Makedonium in Kruševo

Makedonium in Kruševo

Makedonium in Kruševo

The Makedonium in Kruševo was built in 1974. It is a design by Jordan Grabul, Iskra Grabul and Borko Lazeski. Its on the site of the Ilinden uprising in Kruševo. The Ilinden Uprising of August 1903 was an organized revolt against the Ottoman Empire, which was prepared and carried out by the Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization. The monument has some symbolic features. In the 4 windows on the ground floor there are reliefs which symbolize the birth and growth of macedonia. Each if the four windows looks in a direction where macedonians live. The windows above refer to the colors of old macedonian traditional costumes.

More pictures of the Makedonium on www.ostarchitektur.com

Architecture in Skopje, Macedonia

Opera and Ballet Skopje, Macedonia

Opera and Ballet Skopje, Macedonia

Nationalmuseum Mazedonien, Skopje

Nationalmuseum Mazedonien, Skopje

Apartment houses City Wall, Skopje, Macedonia

Apartment houses City Wall, Skopje, Macedonia

Goce Delčev Dormitory, Skopje, Macedonia

Goce Delčev Dormitory, Skopje, Macedonia

Opera and Ballet Skopje, Macedonia

Opera and Ballet Skopje, Macedonia

Skopje is an extraordinary town. 1963 destroyed an earthquake 70 - 80% of the buildings in the town. Skopje it is one of the few examples in Europe, where you can find a new modern town, following the ideas of the CIAM. There are also other examples like Novi Zagreb and Novi Beograd. But in Skopje the new structure is connected to the existing old one. After the earthquake some buildings were donated by other nations from east and west. Kenzo Tange won the architecture competition for the new urban planning. Unfortunately most of the buildings are in a bad condition because there’s no maintenance. Now there’s the urban program Skopje 2014, which also don’t respect the quality of the existing buildings, see the picture below. The new pseudo-antique building stands directly in front of the music academy and degrades the connection between the urban space in front of it and the opera to the river Vardar. For more pictures from Skopje visit www.ostarchitektur.com

Music academy, Skopje, Macedonia

Music academy, Skopje, Macedonia

Wo beginnt Osteuropa?

Im Verständnis der Geografen und Historikerinnen beginnt Osteuropa erst hinter Polen, der Slowakei und Rumänien. Im ethnischen, sprachlichen und kulturellen Verständnis ist Osteuropa dort, wo die Slawen leben. Was ist dann aber mit den Ungarn, Rumänien, Moldawien, Lettland, Litauen und Estland, welches keine slawischen Länder sind?

Politisch gesehen beginnt Osteuropa dort, wo der Eiserne Vorhang stand, und für viele Westeuropäerinnen gilt dies immer noch. Für Slowenen beginnt Osteuropa bzw. der Balkan in Kroatien, für Kroaten in Serbien. Bei einem Referat vor Architekten und Architektinnen in Zagreb war das Publikum deutlich froh, dass ich Kroatien - wie die Schweiz - Mitteleuropa (vgl. Karte Grossgliederung Europas nach kulturräumlichen Kriterien) zurechnete. Nur die Bulgaren scheinen stolz zu sein, dass das Balkangebirge zu einem wichtigen Teil auf ihrem Staatsgebiet liegt.

Fürst Metternich (1773 - 1859) soll gesagt haben „der Balkan beginnt am Rennweg“. Der Rennweg ist eine bekannte Strasse im Osten der Stadt Wien. Metternich hatte dort seinen Palais. Wien war damals das politische, kulturelle und wirtschaftliche Zentrum eines grossen Reiches, das sich vom Bodensee bis zu den Karpaten und von Böhmen bis Dalmatien erstreckte. Das Reich umfasste zu einem guten Teil diejenigen Länder, die Westeuropäer in Osteuropa lokalisieren.

Obwohl das Wienerische ein ostmittelbairischer Dialekt ist, finden sich viele Einflüsse der ehemaligen Kronländer in der Sprache. Wenn die Wiener zum Mais „Kukuruz“ sagen, sagen die Ungarn kukorica, die Bosnierinnen, Serben und Kroaten kukuruz, die Ukrainerinnern kukurúdza und die Tschechen kukuřice . Und wenn wir schon beim Essen sind: die Küche Wiens und Budapests hat zahlreiche Parallelen, vor allem was die Süssspeisen betrifft. Auf den Speisekarten im Wiener Sacher und im Budapester Gundel finden sich die gleichen Speisen. Die typsichen Wiener Kaffeehäuser findet man auch in Budapest, Zagreb oder Temesvar. Hier wir dort sitzen die Koschabeks,  die Pállfys, die Holeschowskys und die Miličićs. Mit dem Essen sind wir wieder bei Fürst Metternich: Für ihn kreierte Franz Sacher seine berühmte Torte.

growth of habsburg territories

growth of habsburg territories

Grossgliederung Europas

Grossgliederung Europas

Wooden architecture in Riga

riga wooden houses

riga wooden houses

riga wooden houses

riga wooden houses

riga wooden houses

riga wooden houses

Riga’s left bank, Pārdaugava, has in some places the charm of a small town. Around Kalciema, Talsu and Templa Iela you can find a lot of old wooden houses. For more architecture in Riga see www.ostarchitektur.com

dacia cars

If you travel by car through Romania you have the choice between renting one of these boring new cars or take an older Dacia. If you choose the Dacia you feel immediately as a Romanian, ’cause  99.9% of the cars in the country are Dacias. The Dacia company was founded in 1966 under the name Uzina de Autoturisme Pitești (UAP). Dacia first produced the Renault 8 under licence as the Dacia 1100. The first Dacia 1300 was produced in 1969 until 2004.

International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea

Trieste Contemporanea announces that is now possible to participate in DOUBLE TRACK, the tenth edition of the International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea.

The competition deadline is midnight (Italian time) of the 31st May 2012. The entry is free. The designers from Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine are called to submit a reuse or redefinition project of an anonymous or everyday object from recent past whose traces are being lost. The contest is promoted by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee under the patronage of the C.E.I. (Central European Initiative). You can read more about the provided prizes and check the competition notice on http://www.triestecontemporanea.it/designcontest/

Trieste Contemporanea

Dialogues with the Art of Central Eastern Europe’ is a committee of cultural institutions and associations created in June 1995 with the objective of bringing out the role of Trieste as a hinge between Western Europe, the countries of Eastern Europe and the countries of the Mediterranean area for the creation in Trieste of an observatory on the contemporary situation of art and culture in Central-Eastern Europe. The Trieste Contemporanea Committee runs its activity through collaborations, co-productions and exchanges on an international level. Initiatives dedicated to visual art, music, cinema, literature, multimediality, theatre, architecture and design have been held in Trieste and abroad.

The focal points of the activity of the Committee can be considered to be the ‘Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest’ a biennial event that now attracts the interest of designers from 21 European countries, and the ‘CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators’, another biennial event that deals with the topics of cultural promotion and the exchange of curatorial experiences in occasion of the opening of the Venice Biennale. Both initiatives are carried out under the auspices of the CEI.- Central European Initiative. Among the other initiatives that have been created, a very important one is the promotion of young artists that also avails itself of an annual specific tool (’Young European Artist Trieste Contemporanea Award’).


Starting from 2003 Trieste Contemporanea proposed to a number of institutions and museums from Central-Eastern Europe the co-production of the international project “Continental Breakfast” (CB) of which, presently, the Trieste Committee is project-leader and institutions from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey are members. The Committee is recognised as ‘cultural body of regional interest’ by the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

timeless architecture

Pavillon by Ivan Vitić, Zagreb Fair

Pavillon by Ivan Vitić, Zagreb Fair, photogaph: Aldo Todaro

It seems, that the pavillon no. 40 by Ivan Vitić at the Zagreb Fair is timeless. Although it is built in 1956 it still stands for technological advance and elegancy. So it was used as a background for a car advertisement by photographer Aldo Todaro. www.aldotodaro.ch