The City of Tomorrow

Exhibition in Minsk, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kiev, Tbilisi and Frankfurt

“The City of Tomorrow” considers the life and afterlife of the Soviet city, an urban system that was planned and built as a model for an altogether new society – and thus also dwells on the social and ideological fabric that once wove the Soviet empire together. Architecture and urbanism have been among its most effective agents: engendering a sense of societal unity across the USSR and later acting as agents of its dissolution. This exhibition presents the evolution of Soviet modernist architectural heritage from its genesis in the 1920s and its revival from the late 1950s through the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well and this patrimony’s patchwork survival in the former republics of the Soviet empire today. Sometimes as decaying ruin, other times as adaptive re-use project, this legacy — with its own masters, local dialects, and unsung masterpieces — tells a story that was afflicted by inner contradictions and idiosyncrasy, much as it developed within a seemingly homogenized space. “The City of Tomorrow” explores this landscape and its expansive reshaping at the hands of an architectural culture that sought to build a fundamentally different idea of society than the neoliberal order Soviet successor states face today.

Curators: Ruben Arevshatyan, Anna Kats, Georg Schöllhammer

Project consultants: Boris Chukhovich, Tatiana Efrussi, Nikolay Erofeev, Mark Hakopian, Olga Kazakova, Dimitrij Zadorin

Display and graphic design: Future Anecdotes, Istanbul

Project partners : Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow; Moscow Institute of Architecture and MARCHI Museum, Moscow; Institute of Modernism, Moscow; All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (VGIK), archive of the NER group, Paris-Moscow; National Archives of Armenia, Yerevan; TATLIN Publishing House, Yekaterinburg; Integral Museum of Everyday Life of Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk; GAUK TO "Tyumen Museum and Educational Association", Tyumen.

“The City of Tomorrow” is a Goethe-Institute exhibition from the East Europe/Central Asia region in cooperation with and supported by ERSTE Foundation.

The City of Tomorrow / Moscow
20.12.2019 - 19.01.2020
New Tretyakov Gallery
Krymsky Val, 10

The City of Tomorrow / Minsk
1.10.2019 - 23.10.2019
Ul. Koslowa 3

The City of Tomorrow / Yerevan
11.07.2019 – 07.09.2019
Yerevan exhibition is supported by MY STEP Foundation


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