Mimic and Gesture Theatre in Izmailovo District of Moscow held an exhibition called ‘Soviet Modernism. From: and To:’. Students and lecturers of IGUMO in accord with TZAM Architects architect bureau created the project. Anastasia Petrova, the dean of Architectural College was among those managing the exhibition. She told the EWC journalists about the necessity of holding such events. 

According to her, the main goal of the exhibition is to reacquaint Moscow citizens with the wonderful part of national architecture, which is Soviet modernism. Now the buildings erected in that style are often neglected or rebuilt and thus disfigured. That is related to the fact, those building were erected under completely different epoch and in the framework of different economic and political system. Thus, many people treat such buildings strangely. According to Anastasia, “Soviet modernism is an essential stage in the history of national architecture. It should be grasped and understood. We can only move forward by mastering our past. Any history is a succession of closely connected events”. 


Anastasia Petrova said one of the main features of Soviet modernism buildings was their technical innovativeness for their time. At the time, architects already collaborated with engineers creating truly groundbreaking objects. Not only complex calculations, structural arrangement of the building and internal design was required, but also building’s artistic image. According to our interlocutress, Soviet modernist buildings show the greatness of engineering and architectural minds. 

Exposition is divided into 2 sections. The first one is dedicated to the Soviet past. Different stamps, badges, leaflets and various posters depicting architectural objects. Anastasia Petrova continued by saying, that “It is interesting, that such items always depicted remarkable events. After gathering such a one-of-a-kind collection, where every item depicts a building, we can estimate the role of those buildings in Russian history and understand how to move forward. Studying stamps, badges and posters of the time we can grasp that Soviet modernism and architecture in general was appreciated then”.


The exhibition’s second section was dedicated to the modern perception of Soviet modernism. Students of the Design Faculty of IGUMO studied Izmailovo’s buildings and designed their own stamps depicting architectural objects. Their works were comprised at the second section. 

Anastasia says that it is very important for her to manage such projects. That way she wants to kindle people’s interest in architecture. She wants them to understand it and to notice beautiful things around. Anastasia Petrova highlighted, that “Soviet modernist buildings are very Russian, though very abstract. Thus, our exhibition is about love of architecture and art, love of Russian history and culture”. 

Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community 

Translated by Nikolay Boykov