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Jan Kempemaers: Spomenik Hardcover – 1 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: ROMA Publications; 01 edition (Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9077459502
  • ISBN-13: 978-9077459508
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 1.2 x 33.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of monuments commemorating the Second World War ¿ called 'Spomeniks' ¿ were built throughout the former Yugoslavia; striking monumental sculptures, with an angular geometry echoing the shapes of flowers, crystals, and macro-views of viruses or DNA. In the 1980s the Spomeniks still attracted millions of visitors from the Eastern bloc; today they are largely neglected and unknown, their symbolism lost and unwanted. Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers travelled the Balkans photographing these eerie objects, presented in this book as a powerful typological series. The beauty and mystery of the isolated, crumbling Spomeniks informs Kempenaer's enquiry into memory, found beauty, and whether former monuments can function as pure sculpture.

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This is a fantastic book on a very odd subject matter....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-appreciated masterpieces 20 Feb. 2012
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Having grown up in that part of the world, I remember as a child being taken to "spomeniks" on school field trips. It is only as an adult that I have come to appreciate their artistic content and stunning beauty. They stand as commemoration to the all too many lost in war's fury, as reminders of the terrible toll that wars have taken in the Balkans. And yet they offer hope, showing that humans are capable of sublime expression in the face of immense tragedy. I applaud Jan Kempenaers's aesthetic vision, but lament that he has chosen to marginalize the authors of these masterpieces by treating them only as visual objects. But most of all, I lament that they stand in silent ruin today when their message is so desperately needing to be heard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So close, but yet so far 4 Jan. 2014
By robert hackney - Published on
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The photos are glorious, but there is NO story behind the sculptures/ brief bit of history, nada. I was hugely disappointed. There REALLY needs to be an addendum to the book that actually talks about these things. As it is, it's just a collection of "the greatest hits" of each piece. I'm sure he has many different views. It would have been good to see more than one angle.

In short, the idea is fantastic. It just wasn't taken NEARLY far enough...and now that it's been done once, I doubt anyone will redo it, and do it properly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, spooky stuff 18 Dec. 2013
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Buried in the back of this book, in fine print, is a detailed one-page explanation of how these monuments came to be. There is no mention of what they mean individually, and most of them look like they were built by aliens having a love affair with concrete. I don't buy photo books, but I saw this man's photos of spomeniks in a gallery, and I couldn't forget them. Finally I broke down and bought this book. I didn't regret it. I don't think you will, either.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 5 Oct. 2016
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excellent pictures! excellent theme. Maybe too little info.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very informative, but a good coffee table book. 13 Aug. 2016
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I guess I was expecting a little more to it than what arrived. Each picture was part of a double page spread with the other page being completely blank. As far as I could tell the name of the monument wasn't even included. I would have liked a little more information about each monument.
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