Belgrade International Architecture Week
Beogradska Internacionalna Nedelja Arhitekture

Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade / extension

18/04/2022

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BINA WALK – Competitions
Guided by: Branko Stanojević & Dejan Todorović
Sunday, 29.5.2022., 13.00-15.00
→ Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Ušće 10

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade was officially opened on October 20th 1965, and the building was designed by the architectural duo Ivanka Raspopović and Ivan Antić, who won the October Award for Architecture and Urbanism for the project. The building gained the status of the Cultural Monument in 1987 and is one of the most important examples of Yugoslav post-war architecture. After three decades since the opening, and during the mid-1990s, due to the turbulent political and economic situation in the country, there had been professional and cultural devastation and personnel changes in the institution. The building of the Museum suffered great damage after the bombing of the building of the former Central Committee in 1999, in near surrounding. Untimely rehabilitation caused further deterioration of the building and already obsolete installations, and because of poor conditions, it was closed to the public in 2007. From that moment, a ten-year reconstruction and rehabilitation of the building followed, which, after several delays due to lack of funds, was finally completed in 2017.

The project of adaptation and reconstruction of the building of the Museum of Contemporary Art is the work of architect Dejan Todorović, for which he was awarded the Grand Prix at the 40th Salon of Architecture in 2018. The following year, he was awarded the BIG SEE International Prize, and in the same year the entire project was among 40 projects from 17 countries nominated for the shortlist for the prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture “Miss van der Roe”. The project achieved the necessary reconstruction and modernization of the building, with maximum preservation of the architectural heritage.

Finally, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, in cooperation with the Association of Architects of Serbia, in 2021 announced an architectural competition for the conceptual design of the MSUB Pavilion, with the expansion of the museum’s storage capacity. The competition was announced due to lack of space for adequate organization of commercial facilities and other planned activities, and the goal of the competition was to design an additional object next to the Museum building, which would correspond to the environment and be adapted to the values ​​of the existing building. The first prize in the competition went to the project of the architect Branko Stanojević, whose main goal in designing the Pavilion was also the protection of the architectural heritage.

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