The Yugoslav Documents exhibition held in 1989 in Sarajevo was one of the last large-scale
“Yugoslav exhibitions” before the dissolution of the country. To understand the socio-political
context of that decade better, and to answer the question how and why such an exhibition was
possible in 1989, we should explain with a handful of events and contextual factors of the late
1980s, including the political climate, the cultural politics of the time, and give a brief overview of
postmodernism as the leading artistic style of the day in Yugoslavia.
Written for the The Heritage of 1989. Case Study: The Second Yugoslav Documents Exhibition, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana