Last of the series. If you have an interest in this sort of architecture – have a look at the work of photographer Richard Pare – post here
Photographs from a trip to the Ukraine in March 2012.
More to follow.
I went to ‘Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935’ at the Royal Academy of Arts last week. The photographs were taken by Richard Pare. Prior to this, Pare exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art with ‘The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture 1922-1932’.
I went mainly due to an interest in Soviet and modernist architecture. The exhibition was set out around prints of buildings in the constructivist style, which Pare had tracked down (e.g. Gosprom building- Kharkov, Ukraine). These were often presented alongside technical drawings and blueprints for the original buildings. There were also some sketches there, for example, of designs for propaganda kiosks.
I think I’m right in saying that the project took about ten years for Pare to complete, given complications with gaining access to some of the buildings. In some instances, this involved Pare befriending residents of buildings. In others, for example, gaining access to the Lenin mausoleum, more formal painstaking requests were needed through contacts and the relevant authorities.
- Royal Academy – Building the revolution http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/
- Interview with Richard Pare with BOMB magazine http://bombsite.com/issues/101/articles/2952
- Pare, Richard, 2007, The Lost Vanguard, Russian Modernist Architecture 1922-1932, New York, The Monacelli Press.
- Cohen, Jean-Louis, and Lodder, Christina, Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935, London, Royal Academy of Arts.