Architecture in the Age of Stalin: Culture Two

Architecture in the Age of Stalin: Culture Two

by Vladimir Paperny
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521292603

ISBN-13: 9780521292603

Pub. Date: 06/16/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Paperny examines the evolution of architecture in Russia during the Stalinist period. Defining two conflicting trends—Culture One and Culture Two—that have alternately prevailed in Russian culture, the author argues that the shift away from the architectural avant-garde of the 1920s was not entirely the result of Stalin's will. Rather, he demonstrates how

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Paperny examines the evolution of architecture in Russia during the Stalinist period. Defining two conflicting trends—Culture One and Culture Two—that have alternately prevailed in Russian culture, the author argues that the shift away from the architectural avant-garde of the 1920s was not entirely the result of Stalin's will. Rather, he demonstrates how the aesthetic choices of Stalin and his architects were conditioned by the prevailing cultural mechanisms of the 1930s and 40s. Combining academic precision with engaging narrative, Paperny leads the reader through the remarkable trajectory of architectural and cultural transformation that marked a pivotal moment of Russia's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521292603
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Spreading-Hardening: 1. Beginning-end; 2. Movement-immobility; 3. Horizontal-vertical; 4. Uniform-hierarchical; Part II. Mechanism-Human: 5. Collective-individual; 6. Mechanical-living; 7. Abstractions-name; 8. Good-evil; Part III. Lyrical-Epic: 9. Mutism-word; 10. Improvisation-notation; 11. Efficacious-artistic; 12. Realism-truth; 13. Business-miracle; Conclusion: Destruction-creation; Chronology.

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