The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents Naum Granovsky’s Grand Style. The exhibition encompasses acknowledged works of the photographer and pictures from his numerous trips across the country, previously unseen by the public. Exploring the legacy of one of the leading architectural photographers of Stalin era, the exhibition will trace the development of representation of Soviet cities in photography and will revisit Granovsky’s Grand Style from the perspective of modern architecture and photography.
Architectural avant-garde which spanned from 1918 to 1932 was followed by era of Stalin’s neoclassicism – Grand style. 1955 marked the beginning of a period of contemporary architecture in its Soviet version. In 1931 Moscow’s reconstruction project was approved, and then ambitious construction program spanning the whole USSR was launched. New projects constituted a definitive break with constructivism and introduced a new ideal, which invoked not principles of rationalism and functionalism but the state power.
2 Dec 2015 – 24 Jan 2016