Fitting Abstraction is an installation that converges the atmospheric and the documentary. It is a plug-and-play analog interface powered by information proper. The installation explores the potentials of the exhibition medium to not only convey a scholarly argument, but also to become a tool of research. Fitting Abstraction somewhat challenges Rem Koolhaas’ call – that suggests modernism had a deteriorating effect to the concept of a “national architecture” - and namely claims that, in the Croatian case, modernism did not compromise a previously existing national style, but that it instead synthesized the loose strands of local architectural traditions to become an identity-forming common denominator.
The installation spatializes eight fundamental architectural values engendered through a tacit hybridization of modernist principles with locally existing social and architectural substrates, and displays them as eight spatial conceptual diagrams. Set perpendicularly to the main corridor, they stretch parallel to each other filling the space’s entire depth, while chronologically spanning the whole addressed century. Thus, FA converges chronology with space to create a thematic-temporal grid that materializes the installation’s very argument.
To do so, the installation merges the scaffold and the exhibits into an indivisible whole. In that sense, it belongs to a line of modernist tradition epitomized in the Yugoslav Pavilion at the XIII Milan Triennial from 1964, designed by Vjenceslav Richter. White powdercoated steel bars are the only structural element used repeatedly throughout the installation, serving both as vertical and horizontal structural members. They carry exhibition materials, both acrylic sheets and spatial conceptual diagrams, and calibrate their display to coordinate the entire disposition.
The installation is entirely self-sufficient, with integrated LED lighting system; it comes as a kit of parts that is completely demountable and can be easily reassembled.
Curator and commisioner: Karin Serman
Deputy commisioner: Sanja Cvjetko Jerkovic
Deputy curator: Igor Ekstajn
Exhibition content authors: Zrinka Barisic Marenic, Melita Cavlovic, Igor Ekstajn, Natasa Jaksic, Mojca Smode Cvitanovic, Marina Smokvina, Karin Serman
Research and content production: Marija Barovic, Ana Bedenko, Mislav Kuzmanic
Exhibition design: Simon Morasi Pipercic, Igor Ekstajn, Kristina Jeren
Graphic design: dukicpavlovic
The project is executed as a Croatian pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale