Monument in Balkan area especially ex Yugoslavia have a lot of those dedicated to the second world war victims. There is almost a one in every city. All of them look so futuristic that is amazing.Here it is some of the most interesting structure in ex Yugoslavia.These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.
From 2006 to 2009, Kempenaers toured around the ex-Yugoslavia region (now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.) with the help of a 1975 map of memorials, bringing before our eyes a series of melancholy yet striking images. His photos raise a question: can these former monuments continue to exist as pure sculptures? On one hand, their physical dilapidated condition and institutional neglect reflect a more general social historical fracturing. And on the other hand, they are still of stunning beauty without any symbolic significances.
This is just a few of the monuments that you can visit around the area. Most of them maybe are not in the best condition but they are still looking so futuristic and still amaze with their design.
Enjoy in the read and make sure to visit some of them soon 🙂
1.Petrova Gora -Croatia
2.Kozara – Bosnia and Herzegovina
3.Monument -Grmec -Serbia
6.Monument-Veles – Macedonia
7.Monument-Krusevo – Macedonia
8.Monument-Kavadarci – Macedonia
9. Mogula , Prilep – Macedonia