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Simón BolívarTravels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon$
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Maureen G. Shanahan and Ana María Reyes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062624

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062624.001.0001

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Centro Simón Bolívar

Centro Simón Bolívar

A Symbol of Liberation for Revolution Square in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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(p.133) 7 Centro Simón Bolívar
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Simón Bolívar
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Tina Potočnik

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062624.003.0008

This essay connects the Centro Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Revolution Square complex in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Potočnik demonstrates that the Centro Simón Bolívar served as a model for the Revolution Square complex, designed by Edvard Ravnikar and meant to house the new government, administrative, and cultural center of one of the former Yugoslav Republics. It was intended as a built symbol of the new political and social order, reflecting ideas of revolution and freedom. This essay elaborates on the historical circumstances surrounding the design, the formal resemblance of both complexes, and the parallels between the reception of the liberator: Bolívar in Latin America and Josep Broz (Tito) in Yugoslavia. Potočnik argues that at the time when the Cold War brought about new concerns over imperialism worldwide, Latin America, Venezuela, and Bolívar in particular offered a strong symbol of revolution and liberation.

Keywords:   Centro Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Revolution Square, Ljubljana, Liberation, Edvard Ravnikar, Josep Broz (Tito), Cold War, Imperialism, Yugoslavia

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