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Architecture of New Belgrade - Brutalism Decoded

You'll have a close up on 5 exemplary buildings of Yugoslav socialist architecture. Find out why this architecture recently created a hype at exhibition at MoMA in New York and world-wide. Hear about it from the art historian guide who has not just studied it, but actually lived in it.
You’ll discover the buildings for the socialist elites, buildings for socialist business, buildings to impress the non aligned comrades and social housing blocks for the classless society.
You'll see how and why the architecture changed from the Soviet-like to modernism to brutalism. In 2 hours you'll understand 50 years of Yugoslavian utopia.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Museum of Contemporary Art
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Museum of Contemporary Art, Usce 10, Belgrade Serbia

    You'll meet the guide in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art at Ušće. You'll explore its modernist 1960-ies volumes and find out why its precious marble facades contradict the stereotypical expectations from socialist architecture.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Palata Srbije, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 2, Belgrade Serbia

    Next, we'll drive by the huge Government Building, a telling monument of an earlier phase of YU politics, a building that experienced the switch away from Stalin while under construction.

    Stop At: Hotel Jugoslavija, Bulevar Nikole Tesle, Beograd, Serbia

    Your next stop is Hotel Yugoslavia, once the most luxurious Belgrade hotel, built to host the dignitaries and celebrities President Tito was receiving in Belgrade. You'll get inside to discover traces of its lost splendor - a gigantic crystal chandelier that is one of the world's biggest, and vast vistas of the Danube river.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Genex Tower, Narodnih heroja, Beograd, Serbia

    You’ll have a close up of Genex Tower, aka Western City Gate of Belgrade, a 30 floor structure that has won instagrams and hearts of many Belgrade visitors. Built 40 years ago, it was the first smart building in the Balkans and entered the international architecture reviews as a fine example of brutalism.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Laza Kostić, Milentija Popovića 72, Beograd, Serbia

    Inside the Block no. 23, the most representative public housing project, again in style of concrete expressionism, you'll discover the concept that provided everything for the inhabitants. The apartment buildings, school, the kindergarten, the sport courts, the mini shopping mall. You’ll hear the guide's personal stories of life in the blocks in their golden decades of 60s, 70s and 80s. And the stories of living not so great in 90s.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Sava Center, Milentija Popovica 9, Belgrade 11070 Serbia

    Your final stop is a gigantic congress center, built at the end of 1970s in record times. It was the first building of that sort in this part of Europe. It’s still in function and includes some surprisingly well designed interior solutions that seem fresh even after 40 years.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Ušće 10, Beograd, Serbia
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Walking Belgrade

Activity ID: V-64973P5

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