Why did Nikšić stop building the Dom Revolucije?
The construction of Dom Revolucije, designed by architect Marko Mušič, started in 1979 and ended in 1989. The reason for closing the construction site is bound to the political situation at the end of the 80s; the gradual dissolution of Yugoslavia put the cost of constructing the building solely on the shoulders of the small city of Nikšić. Here’s an excerpt from the exhibition catalogue, penned by Borislav Vukićević, describing the situation:
“In the years after Josip Broz Tito’s death—the 1980s—it was no longer possible to rely on financial aid from other parts of Yugoslavia, and not even on other cities in Montenegro. For one very simple reason: in the previous period there were immoderate expenses and the debts had piled up, and since nobody thought seriously about the financial sustainability of initiated projects or of the paying back of the loans, i.e. the debt—the crash was inevitable. The design for the Home of the Revolution in Nikšić was too ambitious, and as such it depended on external assistance. When it turned out that this assistance was no longer there, everything landed on the shoulders of the Nikšić economy, which used to be strong, but not strong enough to realize the Home of the Revolution project.”
Construction work on the Dom Revolucije ended in 1989. Image courtesy of Marko Mušič’s archive.