Yugoslav Pavilion in Paris

Paris, France
Type of objectExhibition
Project outcomeCompetition work

From the first national festivals organized in the middle of the 19th century to large international manifestations of economic and social significance within the 20th century, world exhibitions represented an experimental field for numerous areas of economic and technical development, as well as for the scope of architectural creation. The architecture of the exhibition pavilions had a multifaceted role, often directed towards the placement of new ideas and progressive aspirations. The competition work for the Yugoslav Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937 is one of Zloković’s lesser-known projects from the mature period of creativity, which is now available to researchers in the Milan Zloković Collection at the Museum of the City of Belgrade. At the beginning of his career, in the mid-1920s, Zloković designed the Pavilion (shop) of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris and the Pavilion of the Kingdom of SCS for the exhibition in Philadelphia, whose architectural concepts were marked by more traditional forms inspired by Balkan folk architecture, while the exhibition pavilion in Paris in 1937 represents a modernly structured exhibition space divided into several levels connected into a single fluid whole imbued with changes in height and thus with experiences of space. The pavilion is given an introverted character while its external appearance makes it a simple prismatic volume.

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