Ljubljana

Roman Petrović, Dećek z balonom (Boy with a Balloon), 1929, oil on plywood, 57 1⁄2 × 45 1⁄8". From “On the Brink: The Visual Arts in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929–1941).”

“On the Brink: The Visual Arts in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929–1941)”

Museum of Modern Art (MG+) | Ljubljana

“Yugoslavia” usually operates as a synonym for the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945–1991), but the first Yugoslav (literally, South Slavic) state was a kingdom founded in 1918, in the aftermath of World War I, and initially named the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. “On the Brink: The Visual Arts in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929–1941)” revisits the 1930s, when King Alexander Karađorđević imposed a royal dictatorship and renamed the country the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in an attempt to force national unification and stifle political opposition. Bringing together painting, sculpture, print, photography, and film from Bosnia—Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia, “On the Brink” instigates an integrative perspective on the shared (art) history of the post-Yugoslav nation-states. The gesture of integration, however, only serves to reinstate

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