Revival! Starting Now!
In mid-November last year, journalists called me with only one question – are we demolishing the House of Flowers? The visitors were in awe, they sent photos to editorials, although the new path of the passage led to the place of eternal rest of Josip Broz Tito and his wife, Jovanka Broz. Where it will remain.
The work on the renovation of the complex of the Museum of Yugoslavia began with the construction of the new facility, on the site of the old ticket office and entrance gate. We like to call it a visitor center. The old object, built nearly 40 years ago will be replaced by a pleasant place to stay in our park and a small cafe. The complex, which is visited by more than 120,000 visitors each year, will also receive an optimal number of toilet facilities for the audience and a modern souvenir shop.
In the beginning of December, for the first time after more than three years, I packed my things and left the office with one of the most beautiful views of the city. No, it was not a new job or another work opportunity. For the first time since 1962, when the May 25 Museum was opened, serious works began in the building, which is one of the most monumental exhibition space in the country. Now it is closed for the audience. I went down to the ground floor, to the Department of Research and Protection of the Museum Fund, because the works on thermal and electrical installations first started on the first floor. There I found a large pile of boxes ready for packing the exhibits, a great company in the office, and handymen of all sorts; and it’s the same every time I glance through the window or open the door. We don’t have heating, just one rib of an electric radiator, so curators laugh and use quick movements in making boxes in order to solve this rather extraordinary situation when relocation of objects from the storeroom is a priority. We marked 200 packed boxes of negatives from the photo record, and a couple of birthdays. Thousands of relay batons, technical and artistic collection were packed in boxes, waiting for the move. We employees are also waiting, because works will soon begin in offices as well.
When it is cold, we go to the Old Museum and the House of Flowers, but by the round way, like the audience goes. It is nice to see that the first outlines of the modern entrance gate and the visitor center are already becoming visible. The weather has served this year when we celebrate one hundred years since the creation of the First Yugoslavia. We hope it will remain that way.
Stay tuned… It will be continued… Because Revival! Starting Now! 😉
Vandalism in Service of Protection: The Monument of the Revolution
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
Laboratory of the Museum of Yugoslavia
Second stage of the work on the permanent display