Moscow as a Space in Transition

Panel discussion

Tuesday 1 May 2012

14.00 – 16.00, Research Forum South Room


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Ivan Leonidov 1934Ivan Leonidov, Competition drawing for the People’s Commissariat for Heavy Industry, Red Square, Moscow, 1934. Fragment of the elevation. Ink, gouache, whitewash, and watercolor on paper.


Speaker(s): Professor Jean-Louis Cohen (The Institute of Fine Arts, New York) and Maria Fedorchenko (Architectural Association, London)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission but due to limited space advance booking is required. BOOK ONLINE: http://courtauld-institute.digitalmuseum.co.uk
Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


This panel discussion will consider Moscow as a space in transition during the first half of the twentieth century (1905-1935) and the post-Soviet period (1989 and after). By focussing on the subject of urban planning and architecture of the city during the periods of social and political change, the panel will address the topics of the early skyscraper projects, patterns of urban Americanizm, the city and commerce, and the revised architecture and planning practices in post-Soviet Moscow. The panel will explore the form and context of architectural practices during the time of ideological change, whilst highlighting patterns of rupture and continuity in Russian architectural history and its complex relationship with the West.

This event is organised by the Research Forum in collaboration with the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre.

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