Architecture in Cultural Strife: Russian and Soviet Architecture in Drawings 1900-1953


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At the Museum for Architectural Drawings, the award-winning home of the Tchoban Foundation in Berlin, an exhibition features drawings testifying to the epic cultural battle between the representatives of constructivism in Moscow and of neoclassicism in St Petersburg.

Architecture in Cultural Strife: Russian and Soviet Architecture in Drawings 1900-1953

The Tchoban Foundation, established to promote architectural drawing as a means of expression for the architect and his or her creativity, is exhibiting drawings illustrating the cultural battle in Soviet architecture between the turn of the century and Stalin’s death in 1953.

The exhibition at the acclaimed museum building designed by Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuzntesov with their studio SPEECH illustrates the ideological and artistic conflict between the two greatest stylistic currents in Russia at the time.

The comparison is permitted by original drawings from the Tchoban collection. The conflict was not just a matter of progress vs. tradition, art vs. technology, but rivalry between the competing centres of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
An opportunity to visit the Museum for Architectural Drawings in Berlin, which opened this year and has already won numerous international awards.

(Christiane Bürklein)

Exhibition: Architecture in Cultural Strife. Russian and Soviet Architecture in Drawings 1900-1953
Dates: 21/9/2013 – 14/2/2014
Location: Museum for Architectural Drawings, Berlin (http://www.tchoban-foundation.de)
Opening hours: Monday through Friday 14:00 to 19:00 and Saturday 13:00 to 17:00.
Photos: Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation, © Roland Halbe


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