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Vladimir Kulic

Vladimir Kulic

Architectural Historian and Associate Professor

Vladimir Kulic is an architectural historian, curator, and critic specializing in modern and contemporary architecture. His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Architectural Histories, The Journal of Architecture, Architecture Beyond Europe, and Contemporary European History. As a curator, he worked on exhibitions displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade, Architekturzentrum Wien in Vienna, the Swiss Museum of Architecture in Basel, and so on.

Vladimir has written extensively about architecture in the former Yugoslavia. Modernism In-Between: The Mediatory Architectures of Socialist Yugoslavia (written with Maroje Mrduljaš, with photos by Wolfgang Thaler, 2012), was the first English-language survey of a remarkable body of architecture produced in that country after World War II. The exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (co-curated with Martino Stierli, 2018-2019) breaks a new ground by presenting the masterpieces of the region’s modernism to US audiences for the first time. In conjunction with the exhibition, Vladimir also edited the book Bogdanović by Bogdanović: Yugoslav Memorials Through the Eyes of Their Architect (2018), which documents the striking Surrealist-inspired monuments designed by one of Yugoslavia’s foremost architects, Bogdan Bogdanović.

Vladimir’s other books offer a broader perspective on postwar architecture. Sanctioning Modernism: Architecture and the Making of Postwar Identities (co-edited with Monica Penick and Timothy Parker, 2014) explores modernism’s mobilization in three different contexts: state-building, religious institutions, and domestic environments. Another edited volume, Second World Postmodernisms: Architecture and Society Under Late Socialism (forthcoming 2018), brings attention to the little known fact that, in the 1970s and 1980s, forms of postmodernism flourished across the former socialist world, from Eastern Europe to Cuba and China.

Trained as an architect at the University of Belgrade, Vladimir obtained his Ph.D. in architectural history at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including those from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2017), Graham Foundation (2007, 2014, 2017, 2018), American Academy in Berlin (2015),  the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2015), American Council of Learned Societies (2013), and the Fondazione Bruno Zevi in Rome (2009).