Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32
Photographs by Richard Pare

July 18–October 29, 2007

Architecture and Design Drawings Gallery, third floor

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Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–­32 examines Soviet avant-garde architecture in the postrevolutionary period. Although they are integral to the history of modern architecture, the featured projects have seldom been published and remain largely unknown. Examples of this avant-garde architecture abound, not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg but throughout the former U.S.S.R., in cities such as Kiev, Baku, Ivanovo, and Sochi. The exhibition highlights some eighty photographs by architectural photographer Richard Pare, who made eight extensive trips between 1992 and 2002, and created nearly ten thousand images to compile a timely documentation of these structures, many of which are now in various states of decay, transformation, and peril. Pare's images are supplemented by Soviet periodicals to provide historical context for an exploration of this extraordinary architecture.

Organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, with guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Art, New York University. 

The exhibition is made possible by the Russian Avantgarde Fund. 

Additional funding is provided by the Foundation for the Advancement of Architectural Thought.