BINA OPEN HOUSE: EMBASSY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC, BELGRADE
Guided by: Vladana Putnik Prica
→ Ispred ulaza, Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 22
Czech-Serbian cultural relations date as far back as the mid-nineteenth century when Czechs began to arrive and settle in the principality of Serbia. After the end of the First World War, Panslavism finally reached its goals by forming the independent Slavic states. The construction of the Czech embassy in Belgrade in 1927, designed by architect Alois Mezera, depicts the Panslavic spirit in the best way. The location of the embassy in the urban heart of Belgrade, near the most significant state institutions, testifies to the strong diplomatic relationship between Czechoslovakia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes during the interwar period. Although it was conceived in an academic manner, the building of the Czech embassy, with its reduced but monumental architecture, announced the arrival of Modern architecture in Belgrade.
During their visit to the embassy of the Czech Republic, visitors will have an opportunity to see its luxurious and representative interior, the artwork that is part of embassy’s collection, and they will also fnd out more information about the Czech architects who worked in Belgrade.
Vladana Putnik Prica works as a research associate in the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Her feld of research is the history of architecture in Serbia and Yugoslavia in the 20th century. she has co-authored several exhibitions, participated at conferences in Serbia and abroad and published a number of articles in distinguished scientifc journals. Vladana also published her PhD thesis on the architecture of Sokol Halls.