promenade architecturale – Imaginary Space of Art

2012, performance, The Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade

In July 2012, it will have been five years since the building of the Museum of Contemporary Art closed to the public due to reconstruction, adaptation and expansion works that have not been finished until the present day.

The performance “promenade architecturale – Imaginary Space of Art” is based on a photo by B. Debeljkovic, made in 1965, depicting the first exhibition set up at the newly built Museum. This first exhibition display emphasized Le Corbusier’s method, known as promenade architecturale, and the strong relationship between architecture, art and the public.

The performance consisted of 10 people walking through the empty, desolated Museum, looking at the places where the sculptures of this first exhibition used to be. Just by their movement and their gaze, the performers reconstructed the volume and the shape of the sculptures on display in 1965. This reconstruction of what does not exist anymore emphasized the present emptiness.

The visitors entering the space, without knowing, became a part of the work, following the gaze of the performers. By looking at the void, the gaze of the performers and the visitors made apparent both the beauty of the modernistic building and its decay (while looking at the art that is not there, they were looking at cracks, holes, broken windows etc.)

The performance was realized within the exhibition “What Have Happened to the Museum of Contemporary Art?”