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Text: Krunoslav Ivanišin, Ljiljana Blagojević
Fotografie: Wolfgang Thaler

Verlag: jovis, Berlin

24 x 30 cm
160 Seiten, ca. 80 Abb. Englisch
ISBN 978-3-86859-357-0



Dobrović in Dubrovnik traces the past and the present of avant-garde modern architecture constructed in the nineteen- thirties, in the Mediterranean landscape of the south Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Comprehensive historical, theoretical, and phenomenological readings of events and forms, in two essays by architects Krunoslav Ivanišin and Ljiljana Blagojević respectively, describe a specific yet, by its spirit, universal Venture in Modern Architecture. Spatially condensed to an area within ten square miles and temporally to less than ten years, these quintessentially modern villas, gardens, and hotels built seventy years ago by the architect Nikola Dobrović (1897–1967), are presented through previously unpublished original design drawings, black and white photographs from the period of their construction, and the contemporary color photographs by Wolfgang Thaler. The color plates depict precisely the beauty in decay of heroic works of international modern architecture and convey admirably their meaningful Mediterranean resilience.


“ This book ably documents an interesting moment in Dobrović’s long career, but it is also a chapter of a much larger story—of the dissemination of modernism and its adaptation to other places and cultures. Outside the former Yugoslavia, Dobrović and his work remain largely unknown. is book will be a contribution to broadening the discourse and the understanding of him and his buildings.”

Christopher Long, Professor of Architectural History, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin