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Demarco and Yugoslavia in the 1970s.

Blackwood, Jon



Stephen Partridge

Elaine Shemilt


During the Cold War period, relations between the UK and Yugoslavia were couched entirely in the frames of politics, economics or military history; in the later years of socialist Yugoslavia, from the later seventies onwards, links were also developed through state-run tourism, and the international components of youth work brigades, who helped to complete major infrastructure projects. Art was little considered, in the context of the UK - much less so than it had been during the period of Royal Yugoslavia (1918-1941), when the Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović (1883-1962) developed a significant international following. After the end of the Second World War, very little was known in the UK of contemporary art in Yugoslavia through to the early 1970s. In this text, we will focus on the pioneering nine-day trip taken by Richard Demarco to Yugoslavia in December 1972 and its consequences - not only for the international profile of Yugoslav art, but also for relations between Yugoslav artists and cultural ecologies in neighbouring countries.


BLACKWOOD, J. 2022. Demarco and Yugoslavia in the 1970s. In Leuzzi, L., Partridge, S. and Shemilt, E. (eds.) Richard Demarco: the Italian connection. Barnet: John Libbey, chapter 7, pages 105-113.

Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2022
Publication Date Dec 13, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 7, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 31, 2024
Publisher John Libbey Publishing
Pages 105-113
Book Title Richard Demarco: the Italian connection
Chapter Number 7
ISBN 9780861967537
Keywords Yugoslav art; Art history in Europe; Richard Demarco; Yugoslavia
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