Tito in Africa – Pictures of Solidarity in the Wende Museum in Los Angeles
Exhibition Tito in Africa – Pictures of Solidarity of the Museum of Yugoslavia, will be open from June 23 to October 20, 2019 at the Wende Museum in Los Angeles (USA), which specializes in the topics of the Cold War and socialism.
After the successful visit to the Museum Pitt Rivers (UK) in 2017, this exhibition will once again demonstrate the importance of the artifacts of the Museum of Yugoslavia as testimonies about the time of solidarity with Africa and the Third World in the fight for independence, as well as their essential place in the world cultural heritage.
The exhibition is the result of the cooperation between researchers on the project Socialism Goes Global – Cold War Connections Between the ‘Second’ and ‘Third Worlds’ at the University of Exeter and the Museum of Yugoslavia. It was realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the British Council for the Arts and Humanities.
Hosting in the Wende Museum is an opportunity for the American public and their researchers to see photo archives of the Museum of Yugoslavia through a selection of photographs taken from the 1950s to the 1970s, during the trip of Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka Broz to African countries. The photos that have been selected by the curators for this exhibition record Tito’s encounters with important historical figures, including Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.
The authors of the project, as well as texts in the book that accompanies the exhibition, are: Radina Vučetić, a historian (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Ana Sladojević, an independent curator and art theoretician, Paul Betts, a historian (University of Oxford), and Radovan Cukić, a curator historian (Museum of Yugoslavia). The exhibition Tito in Africa – Pictures of Solidarity was created by Ana Sladojević, the independent curator, and Mirjana Slavković, a curator of the Museum of Yugoslavia.
The exhibition shows a variable ratio of two basic components: social values of solidarity and anti-colonialism on the one hand, and formal representations of intergovernmental meetings at the highest level on the other. The values in question were common to Third World countries with which Yugoslavia shared beliefs and goals during the 1960s and the 1970s. This exhibition, among other things, shows the potential of the heritage to contribute to the recognition, reaffirming, and redefining of the aforementioned social values.
The exhibition Tito in Africa – Pictures of Solidarity was seen by more than 50,000 visitors just at the Museum of Yugoslavia, from the end of June to the end of October 2017.
The Origins: The Background for Understanding the Museum of Yugoslavia
Creation of a European type of museum was affected by a number of practices and concepts of collecting, storing and usage of items.
New Mappings of Europe
Starting from the Museum collection as the main source for researching social phenomena and historical moments important for understanding the experience of life in Yugoslavia, the exhibition examines the Yugoslav heritage and the institution of the Museum