Constructing the ‘City of International Solidarity’: Non-Aligned Internationalism, the United Nations and Visions of Development, Modernism and Solidarity, 1955–1975* LJUBICA SPASKOVSKA University of Exeter The exhibition Solidarity, an Unfinished Project? [ . . . ] highlights the importance of asking ourselves if it is still possible to believe that somewhere within us lies a utopian spark worth preserving; a spark necessary not only for great changes but sometimes needed in order to persevere and to continue to defend the abandoned or forgotten idea of solidarity. (Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, October 2014) The exhibition that opened in October 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje was conceived as a tribute to the numerous international artists who contributed their works to the collection of the newly established Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art after the 1963 Skopje earthquake, including Pablo Picasso, Victor Vasarely and Alexander Calder. Both the Museum’s collection and the Museum itself were products of an unrivalled exercise in UN-coordinated relief and trans-bloc international collaboration. While most of the collection was composed of West European and American art, the building was a gift from the communist Polish government, designed by the well-known group of * This work
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 27, 2020
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