Monuments Should Not Be Trusted: exhibition on Yugoslavia’s “golden years” opens in Nottingham

Monuments Should Not Be Trusted: exhibition on Yugoslavia’s “golden years” opens in Nottingham
OHO/Marko Pogačnik, Rolling Stones Matchboxes, 1968 (detail). Marinko Sudac Collection. (Image: Nottingham Contemporary / Facebook)

15 January 2016

Monuments Should Not Be Trusted, an exhibition on the art of 1960s – 80s Yugoslavia, often referred to as the “golden years”, opens tomorrow at Nottingham Contemporary.

Monuments Should Not Be Trusted is the largest ever exhibition of Yugoslav art in the UK. Curated by former Calvert 22 curator Lina Džuverović, the exhibition brings together over 30 leading artists and groups from the period to examine the principal contradictions of the single party state.

The first time that the art of this period will be shown in the UK within the context of the social, economic and political conditions that brought it about, Monuments Should Not Be Trusted will trace four key themes in Yugoslav art and culture: Public Space and the Presence of Tito, Socialism and Class Difference, Comradess Superwoman, and Utopian Consumerism and Subcultures.

Monuments Should Not Be Trusted will run from 16 January – 4 March 2016 at Nottingham Contemporary contemporary art centre. Information on the exhibition can be found here.