Holidays After the Fall
Transformation of Socialist Holiday Resorts on the Adriatic Coast of Croatia
March 5 – 25 2015, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Opening: Thursday, March 5th at 8 pm
Tourism is vital to Croatia’s economy today. But only a few new facilities have been realized over the last twenty or thirty years. Most of the infrastructure now in use – especially the big hotels and resorts of the late 1960s and early 70s – was built as part of the socialist modernization drive launched after WWII, when regional planning was highly respected and explicitly modern architecture was part of the corporate design of the nation.
The exhibition offers a genealogy of large-scale tourist resorts at the Adriatic coast, including their physic and economic transformations after the des-integration of former Yugoslavia, the end of socialist self-management and the beginning of privatization. Today, depending on their location and the commitment of their new owners, these projects, many of them of high spatial quality, display the wide spectrum of restructuring, from complete conversion with new luxury amenities to modest refurbishment or total dereliction.
Curator: Michael Zinganel
Co-curator: Maroje Mrduljaš
With contributions by: Daniele Ansidei, Arhitektura, CCN-images, Čovjek i prostor, Marko Dabrović, Cemal Emden, Damir Fabijanić, Fotoklub Split, Michael Hieslmair, Hrvatski muzej arhitekture, Ryan Jeffery, Jana Jocif, 3LHD, Miran Kambic, Boris Magaš, Maistra, Norbert Mappes-Niediek, Maroje Mrduljaš, Branimir Medić & Pero Puljiz – de Architekten Cie., Boris Podrecca, Kerstin Stramer, Tabanlıoglu Architects, Wolfgang Thaler, Touristkomerc, Urbanistički institut Hrvatske, Valamar, Cat Vinton, Michael Zinganel.
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