Imagine Moscow

Imagine Moscow in 1920. The fledgling Soviet Union had recently extricated itself from the First World War, the Tsar and his family had been killed by Bolshevik troops, and a civil war between the Red Army and the “Whites”, the foreign-backed forced opposed to Communism, was underway. Yet despite the precarious situation, a feeling of optimism pervaded the art of the Left in Russia. Utopian designs, buildings that would transform the until recently feudal state into a socialist paradise, were underway. It is this spirit that the Design Museum’s exhibition Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution seeks to capture. Exploring six unbuilt architectural landmarks in Moscow, from El Lissitzky’s eight horizontal skyscrapers entitled Cloud Iron (1923-5) to Boris Iofan’s Palace of the Soviets (1931-41), which was to be the tallest building in the world, the exhibition will also draw on objects of art and design by Rodchenko, Valentina Kulagina, Yakov Chernikhov and many others. Alongside the similar exhibitions at the Royal Academy, the Tate and the National Portrait Gallry—2017 being the hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution—Imagine Moscow will have you living, breathing and thinking like a revolutionary in no time at all.

Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution at the Design Museum (March 15-June 4); @designmuseum

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