The Panel (from The Collection of MRYNE), 2014
Installation, 280 x 280 x 50 cm
Courtesy of the artist
If the obscured iron frames in Victorian buildings are the “unconscious of architecture”, as Siegfried Gideon claimed, then the supporting elements of an exhibition’s display could be considered the unconscious of the museum’s ideology.
The Panel (from The Collection of MRYNE) is based on a cubist panel system from the permanent exhibition Half a century of revolutionary struggle of the Communist Party that was shown at the Museum of the Revolution of Yugoslav Nations and Ethnic Minorities in Belgrade from 1970 until 1996. The panels were used to present the revolutionary labor movement’s development from its starting period to the National Liberation War and the creation of the self-managed socialist society. In the exhibition there were around 30 panels (one panel consists of 49 cubes) of which only one is preserved. The cubes of this remaining panel were re-painted and served as pedestals in other exhibitions. Relocated from the Museum of Yugoslav History for October salon, the cubes are now set in the space to construct and deconstruct how the Yugoslav national identity was constructed, represented and perceived through the exhibitions.
The Museum of the Revolution of Yugoslav Nations and Ethnic Minorities / MRYNE never had a space of its own, therefore its thematic exhibitions were displayed at the Military Museum, the FEC building, the Belgrade Youth Center, and other museums in major cities in Yugoslavia, as well as in the Yugoslavian agencies in USSR, Mongolia, Korea, Vietnam, Angola, etc.
The failure of the museum historically coincided with the political crisis in former Yugoslavia, which eventually led to the country’s breakup and the collapse of the socialist revolution. Thus the panel and the social environment of the museum as such underwent several transformations in line with national, cultural, political and economic imperatives.
The Collection of MRYNE is a research project on the issue of urban policies and museum practices developed by the Museum of the Revolution of Yugoslav Nations and Ethnic Minorities in Belgrade. By indexing the objects from the (never fully developed) permanent collection of the MRYNE and documenting the ten potential locations for its building, the project examines the way the museum dedicated to the country’s multi-ethnic population and its history displayed a socialist revolution still in progress.
The Panel was first used as part of the photographic series The Collection of MRYNE, which was developed as a side-project for the exhibition 14-14 by Alexander Hrib, Zlatko Nikolic, Jelena Radonjic, Marko Salapura, Igor Sladoljev, in collaboration with Srdjan Keca, which represented the Republic of Serbia at the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2014.
Andrea Palašti (1984, Novi Sad, Serbia) obtained her BFA and MFA degree from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad at the department of Photography. Since 2006 she has been exhibiting widely and working together with other artists, artistic collectives and initiatives. Palašti has been awarded grants from the Secretary of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the Hungarian National Cultural Fund, and the Balassi Institute, University of Novi Sad.
As a stipend of the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia, she is currently a PhD fellow at the University of Arts.