The Museum of Yugoslav History organizes Good Design series of exhibitions in cooperation with the Museum for Arts and Crafts from Zagreb, the Museum of Architecture and Design from Ljubljana, aiming to draw attention to important phenomena in the area of design in former Yugoslavia, as well as to the need for continuance of research of design history and visual communications. Good Design was the name of the diploma that the Design Center from Belgrade awarded during the ’70s and the ’80s to selected products as a label of extraordinary quality.
During the following two months, the Museum of Yugoslav History will be the meeting point for designers, researchers and creative people from different generation who still find inspiration in the visual language of socialism, and the general public will have an opportunity to be reminded of / introduced with objects that marked everyday life of the Yugoslav people. Lectures, discussions, practical workshops will be organized alongside the exhibitions, while children will get an opportunity to discover their own talent for design.
Good Design comprises of 4 exhibitions:
Design Center (production: the Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade; author: Ivan Manojlović)
Porcelain Gleam of Socialism, porcelain design: Jugokeramika/Inker, 1953 – 1991 (production: the Museum for Arts and Crafts, Zagreb; author: Koraljka Vlajo)
Hidden design – Rade Končar Design Department 1971 – 1990 (production: the Museum for Arts and Crafts, Zagreb; author: Koraljka Vlajo)
Iskra Nonaligned Design 1946 – 1990 (exhibition by: the Museum of Architecture and Design from Ljubljana, authors: Cvetka Požar and Barbara Prodan)
Visitors of the exhibition Good Design will get the chance to be acquainted with the works of design teams of Rade Končar, Jugokeramika and Iskra factories as well as with, today unknown, story about the Design Center from Belgrade which during the ’70s and the ’80s promoted quality design and educated customers and producers about the importance of design in all spheres of life. These exhibitions are contribution to establishing the chronology of Yugoslav industrial design and the opportunity for re-evaluation of design products and reaffirmation of their authors. The Yugoslav design heritage is still not sufficiently explored and it remains ‘unaligned’ on the map of European design and design worldwide.
Exhibitions are open from April 24 to June 23, from 10 am to 8 pm everyday except Monday.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.