The City of the Sun: Space Architecture of Communism
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The City of the Sun. Space Architecture of Communism

The exhibition is dedicated to the Soviet architecture of the 1960-1980s inspired by Gagarins flight. The buildings reflect passion of the Soviet people for space exploration and serve as a visual embodiment of the philosophical ideas of communism and Russian cosmism.

For several years a group of enthusiasts collected photographs of the buildings from all over former USSR, worked with the archives and interviewed living architects. Among more than a thousand photographs collected, 150 best works were chosen for the exhibition. They represent a wide variety of buildings from the Soviet embassy in Cuba to a pioneers camp in Vladivostok. Built in the form of space station, flying sauces, and rockets etc., the collected building most of them still existing testify to the Soviet space legacy yet unknown neither to the professional, nor to the general audience.

The architecture presented at the exhibition stands out of an arid dogma of modernism. The architectural intuition sake for spiritual roots within secular Soviet project and tried to reconcile religious and scientific worldviews. The space became a meeting point for a daily life and high culture.

The exhibition, first shown in a small gallery in Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg, was a tremendous success with 7.500 people visiting it in a month. During 2013, the exhibition was shown in 10 cities of Russia, including Nizhny Novgorod and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

The exhibition is organized by Russian public movement Essence of Time.

Welcome to the City of the Sun the territory of true communism!

Rossiya two-hall cinema. Yerevan, Armenia. 1975. Architects G. Pogosyan, A. Tarkhanyan, S. Khachikyan
Rossiya two-hall cinema. Yerevan, Armenia. 1975. Architects G. Pogosyan, A. Tarkhanyan, S. Khachikyan
Rainbow kindergarten. Myshkovichi village, Belorussia. 1987. Architect T. Rein
Rainbow kindergarten. Myshkovichi village, Belorussia. 1987. Architect T. Rein
Drama theatre. Veliky Novgorod, Russia. 1987. Architect V. Somov
Drama theatre. Veliky Novgorod, Russia. 1987. Architect V. Somov
Oil industry workers club. Ufa, Russia. 1981. Architects M. Pazin, P. Petrov, O. Novikov, V. Firsov, F. Agabekov
Oil industry workers club. Ufa, Russia. 1981. Architects M. Pazin, P. Petrov, O. Novikov, V. Firsov, F. Agabekov
Memorial complex on the site of the Nazis concentration camp. Salaspils, Latvia. 1967. Sculptors L. Bukovskis, J. Zarins, O. Skarainis
Memorial complex on the site of the Nazis concentration camp. Salaspils, Latvia. 1967. Sculptors L. Bukovskis, J. Zarins, O. Skarainis
Museum of Lenins Komsomol Automobile Plant. Moscow, Russia. 1972. Architect K. Tokarenko
Museum of Lenins Komsomol Automobile Plant. Moscow, Russia. 1972. Architect K. Tokarenko
Palace of Ceremonies. Tbilisi, Georgia. 1985. Architects R. Dzhorbenadze, V. Orbeladze
Palace of Ceremonies. Tbilisi, Georgia. 1985. Architects R. Dzhorbenadze, V. Orbeladze
Circus. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 1975. Architects G. Aizikovich, T. Volvak, E. Erzovsky
Circus. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 1975. Architects G. Aizikovich, T. Volvak, E. Erzovsky

More pictures here
A review of the exhibition in St. Petersburg Times newspaper (in English) here
100TV channel TV footage of the exhibition in St. Petersburg (in Russian) here

Contacts:
Vladimir Ivanov (the exhibition curator in St. Petersburg), mail: us.silopoileg@ofni, phone: 007 911 9949350