Almost Half a Century of Eloquent Communication

Presentation and Revived Account of Mihelič’s Department Store in Novi Sad – An Icon of Slovenian and Yugoslav Architectural Heritage

Photo: Janez Kališnik (Milan Mihelič Archive)

Photo: Janez Kališnik (Milan Mihelič Archive)

Photo: Janez Kališnik (Milan Mihelič Archive)

Two centuries ago, Novi Sad was developing as a lively, picturesque town, but it was almost completely destroyed in an uprising in the mid 19th century (the Hungarians opened fire on the city with 200 cannons on 12 July 1849). The city was later rebuilt with a considerable loan, and the intensive, comprehensive construction projects again turned it into a dynamic, reasonably developed city.

From the point of view of urban planning and architecture, the city acquired a historicist and Secession character, with the distinctive dynamic image of the cityscape. The 1920s and 1930s saw the development of an articulated urban structure by means of meaningful and convincing creative gestures within the city centre and the construction of some of the most important modernist buildings. Particular mention should be made of the creative contribution by established modernists in Novi Sad, such as Belgrade-based architects Dragiša Brašovan and Đorđe Tabaković, as well as other active contemporaries.

 

Photo: Janez Kališnik (Milan Mihelič archive)

Photo: Janez Kališnik (Milan Mihelič archive)

 

The complete article is published in Summer 2016 issue of Piranesi No. 38/Vol. 24.

 

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