Russian Architecture Explained with Vladimir Ivanov

Russian Architecture Explained with Vladimir Ivanov


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In this conversation, by switching between main periods in Russian architecture (Medieval, Imperial, and Soviet) we will see how architects articulated one and the same ideas, using sometimes contradictory languages. We'll work out how the Tsars' perception of Moscow as a New Jerusalem gave birth to the dream city of St Petersburg (referred to as "paradise" by Emperor Peter the Great) and then transformed into the drafts for utopian cities of early Soviet years.

We will start our journey from the riddle of onion domes - no one can tell for sure about when and where they originated ̐ and finish with beautifully decorated "palaces for the people", that is metro stations in Russian million-plus cities. Together, we'll learn about what the national ideal of beauty is and how architectural masterpieces shed light upon the mystery Russian soul.

Led by an expert on Russian arts, this interactive seminar intends to provide keys for understanding Russian architecture and other forms of art. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of what spiritual ideas lie behind iconic structures in Moscow, St Petersburg, and other Russian cities.

Holding an MA in Classics, Vladimir is an author of a book called ÌÕInspired by outer space: images of the future in late Soviet architectureÌÒ and a key contributor to TASCHEN's edition "CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed". Vladimir has written articles on contemporary art for local media, done podcasts on photography, and the Russian revolution. He has also curated a number of exhibitions, including "The Cradle of the Faith: Christian Presence in the Middle East" in New Michael Palace and "Lingua Sacra" in the Imperial Public Library. Currently, he is doing architectural walks in St Petersburg and shares his vast knowledge of arts through the tours of the Hermitage and Russian museums.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.