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On the Very Edge

Modernism and Modernity in the Arts and Architecture of Interwar Serbia (1918-1941)

Jelena Bogdanovic (Editor), Lilien Filipovitch Robinson (Editor), Igor Marjanovic (Editor)


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On the Very Edge brings together fourteen empirical and comparative essays about the production, perception, and reception of modernity and modernism in the visual arts, architecture, and literature of interwar Serbia (1918-1941). The contributions highlight some idiosyncratic features of modernist processes in this complex period in Serbian arts and society, which emerged "on the very edge" between territorial and cultural, new and old, modern and traditional identities. With an open methodological framework this book reveals a vibrant and intertwined artistic scene, which, albeit prematurely, announced interests in pluralism and globalism. On the Very Edge addresses issues of artistic identities and cultural geographies and aims to enrich contextualized studies of modernism and its variants in the Balkans and Europe, while simultaneously remapping and adjusting the prevailing historical canon. Contributors: Jelena Bogdanovic (Iowa State University), Lilien Filipovitch Robinson (George Washington University), Igor Marjanovic (Washington University in St. Louis), Milos R. Perovic (University of Belgrade), Jasna Jovanov (The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection and University EDUCONS, Novi Sad), Svetlana Tomic (Alfa University, Belgrade), Ljubomir Milanovic (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Bojana Popovic (Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade), Anna Novakov (Saint Mary's College of California), Aleksandar Kadijevic (University of Belgrade), Tadija Stefanovic (University of Belgrade), Dragana Corovic (University of Belgrade), Viktorija Kamilic (independent scholar), Marina Djurdjevic (Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade), Nebojsa Stankovic (Princeton University), Dejan Zec (Institute for Recent History of Serbia)

Leuven University Press, 9789058679932, 370pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2015

About the Author

Igor Marjanovic is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis.