Feb 23, 2017
A clean break with history is the key feature of modernism. But nowhere in the world was such a break with tradition and a transition to modernism as abrupt and broad-based as in the Soviet Union. Despite the fact that this period, from 1955 through 1985, did not yield new Le Corbusiers or Melnikovs to the world, a distinctive architecture known as Soviet Modernism (as coined by Soviet architect and author Felix Novikov) emerged nonetheless. In his lecture, Vladimir Belogolovsky will reveal the fascinating story of the political, social, and aesthetic aspects of the Soviet period, generally characterized by mass production in the mode of the industrial conveyor belt. Yet, despite being limited ideologically, creatively, economically and technically, many dozens of expressive architectural exceptions were achieved by Soviet practitioners during this time.
Vladimir Belogolovsky is the author of Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985 (TATLIN, 2010) and Felix Novikov (DOM, 2013; TATLIN, 2009). He edited Felix Novikovs Behind the Iron Curtain: Confessions of a Soviet Architect (DOM, 2016) and contributed to Novikovs Soviet Architecture: 1917-1991 (TATLIN, 2017). Belogolovsky is the founder of New York-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project, which focuses on curating and designing architectural and conceptual exhibitions worldwide. He is the curator of numerous exhibitions, including a current world tour of Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture and City of Ideas: Architects Voices & Visions (University of Sydney and Chicago Design Museum, 2016). He has lectured at universities and museums in more than 30 countries.