Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the Design Museum of London presents the exhibition "Imagine Moscow" that explores the idealistic vision of the Soviet capital by a generation of bold architects in the 1920s and early 30s.
Focusing on six unbuilt architectural landmarks located near Moscow’s Red Square—such as the Palace of the Soviets, planned to be the world’s tallest building, and Cloud Iron, a network of horizontal skyscrapers—, the exhibition explores how these schemes reflected changes in everyday life and society following the October Revolution.
Large-scale architectural plans, models and rarely seen drawings are placed alongside propaganda posters, textiles, porcelain and magazines of the time, contextualising the transformation of a city re-born as the new capital of the USSR and the international centre of socialism.
In the search of a new future, architects aimed to reinterpret the old idea of the city through new symbolism, new monuments and new institutions, creating factories, theatres, communal housing and ministries. These dream-like projects suggest an alternative reality for a series of sites around the city, offering a unique insight into the culture of their time. Each project introduces a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union: industrialisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, communal living and recreation.
Alongside the six unbuilt architectural case studies, the exhibition features a dedicated room to the geographical and ideological centre of this new Moscow: the Lenin Mausoleum, a work of the architect Aleksey Schusev.
Until 4 June 2017
DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON
224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
London W8 6AG, UK