Balkanology comes to Bucharest


15 October – 15 November 2010

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

Curator: Kai Vöckler
An exhibition in the frame of Bucharest Architecture Biennale 2010

Balkanology opens a new field of architectural discourse in Romania — the little-known architecture of the post-Socialist period and the result of unregulated, uncontrolled urban planning in the neighbouring countries of South Eastern Europe. The exhibition does not focus on aesthetics or promotional presentation, but on the impact of recent socio-political changes on architecture and urban planning.

After 1990, the Romanian cultural (and architectural) discourse centered, similar to most other former Socialist countries, either on the Western models, or on “national” identity and issues. The neighbour countries were completely ignored. The itineration of this exhibition in Romania stands for a perfect opportunity for raising awareness of common issues and solutions, activating professional collaboration and promoting cultural dialogue.

The exhibition presents research projects and concrete interventions, architectural analyses and planning strategies. It deliberately avoids trying to achieve a picture of urban development that would be valid for the whole region. Instead, it uses selected examples from different locations to highlight specific local influences on architecture and urban construction, thus critically examining the potentialities for a re-qualification in urban planning.

The Bucharest presentation of Balkanology is one of the main events of the 2010 Bucharest Architecture Biennale (15 September – 15 November 2010), the most important architecture event in Romania.

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