Monday, August 13, 2007

Photographer Richard Pares Captures The Lost 'Vanguard' Of Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32

Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32
Photographs by Richard Pare
July 18–October 29, 2007

Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–­32 examines Soviet avant-garde architecture in the postrevolutionary period. Although they are integral to the history of modern architecture, the featured projects have seldom been published and remain largely unknown. Examples of this avant-garde architecture abound, not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg but throughout the former U.S.S.R., in cities such as Kiev, Baku, Ivanovo, and Sochi. The exhibition highlights some eighty photographs by architectural photographer Richard Pare, who made eight extensive trips between 1992 and 2002, and created nearly ten thousand images to compile a timely documentation of these structures, many of which are now in various states of decay, transformation, and peril. Pare's images are supplemented by Soviet periodicals to provide historical context for an exploration of this extraordinary architecture.

Richard Pare. Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia (by Vladimir Shukhov, 1922). 1998. Chromogenic color print, 60 x 48" (152.4 x 121.9 cm). © 2007 Richard Pare. All rights reserved.


Edwin Heathcote "Modernism gets brutalist treatment" Financial Times August 11, 2007


Anatol Petryskyi
The Executioner, 1928
(costume design for the opera Turandot)
Watercolor and gouache on paper
Collection of the State Museum of Theatre, Music, and Cinema Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv

Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910-1930

Image credit (lower): © 1997-2007 The Ukrainian Museum (New York City); all rights reserved. With thanks.


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