• Jan Kempenaers

    Middelheim Museum

    In the late ’60s and the ’70s, Yugoslavia, at that time a socialist republic, launched a substantial program of monument building, resulting in a dense network of dozens of memorials all over the country, on both urban locations and more rural sites. The assortment of forms and shapes is quite extraordinary. While most of the monuments resort to a figurative language in the tradition of nationalist-socialist sculpture, others are abstract constructions of concrete and steel. Often standing in striking natural environments, these large-scale sculptures were meant to act as glorious reminders of

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