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Podcast: Soviet modernism
#3 — Ivan Atapin ...

The Goethe-Institut in Novosibirsk is launching a series of podcasts about architectural modernism in Siberia. In a series of talks with experts, the Novosibirsk artist and curator Anton Karmanov discusses the key phenomena and periods of architectural modernism in Siberia. In his talks with experts, he seeks an answer to the question of what ‘Siberian modernism’ and ‘the Novosibirsk architectural school’ are. Do they exist, and, if so, what characterizes them?

Ivan Atapin© Photo by Nikita Podolsky

... on the First Wave of Modernism in Siberia

In the third issue of the podcast, we will talk with the architecture historian Ivan Atapin, whose recent studies present numerous interesting facts from the history of Siberian architecture of the early 20th century. The talk will be about the formation of the Siberian architectural school. Ivan will share stories about Siberian utopian architects and their vanguard projects, disclose the secrets of the first commune buildings and socialistic towns, and tell the audience about constructivism and post-constructivism as well as the influence of these styles on the views of subsequent generations of modernist architects.

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  • Project of the garden city Shcheglov (Kemerovo) | P.A. Paramonov, 1918 © Museum of the History of Architecture of Siberia named after S.N. Balandin
    Project of the garden city Shcheglov (Kemerovo) | P.A. Paramonov, 1918
  • House-commune AIK Kuzbass: bike ride Shcheglovsk — Anzhero-Sudzhensk, 1928 © The Library of Congress
    House-commune AIK Kuzbass: bike ride Shcheglovsk — Anzhero-Sudzhensk, 1928
  • Construction of the Labor Palace in Novosibirsk | Photo by L.A. Chernyshev, 1927 © Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum of Local History, KKKM o/f 12445/4
    Construction of the Labor Palace in Novosibirsk | Photo by L.A. Chernyshev, 1927
  • Lenin House and Park of Heroes of the Revolution in Novosibirsk | Photo by L.A. Chernyshev, 1927 © Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum of Local History, KKKM o/f 12445/13
    Lenin House and Park of Heroes of the Revolution in Novosibirsk | Photo by L.A. Chernyshev, 1927
  • Poster for the First Exhibition of Modern Architecture in Moscow | A. Gan, 1927 © Journal Modern Architecture, 1927, No. 4-5
    Poster for the First Exhibition of Modern Architecture in Moscow | A. Gan, 1927
  • House-commune project of the social city of Tyrgan | SibCohl Project Design Department under the leadership of I.A. Lalevich, 1930 © Museum of the History of Architecture of Siberia named after S.N. Balandin
    House-commune project of the social city of Tyrgan | SibCohl Project Design Department under the leadership of I.A. Lalevich, 1930
  • Project of a residential building of the command staff of the Tomsk Railway | A.N. Shiryaev, 1935 © Museum of the History of Architecture of Siberia named after S.N. Balandin
    Project of a residential building of the command staff of the Tomsk Railway | A.N. Shiryaev, 1935
  • Tomsk State Circus on 1 May 1934 | V.E. Kamenev, 1934 © Tomsk Regional Art Museum
    Tomsk State Circus on 1 May 1934 | V.E. Kamenev, 1934
  • Bridge over the Kamenka River | Engineer G.V. Ulyaninsky, 1926 © The Library of Congress
    Bridge over the Kamenka River | Engineer G.V. Ulyaninsky, 1926
  • Pervomaisky Park, panorama | Photo by I.S. Motorina, 1934 © Museum of the History of Architecture of Siberia named after S.N. Balandin
    Pervomaisky Park, panorama | Photo by I.S. Motorina, 1934

This podcast has been commissioned by Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk as preparation for the Siberian opening of the exhibition, “The City of Tomorrow”, which is the result of many years of study of Soviet architectural modernism in the post-Soviet space. In 2019, the Goethe-Institut showed the exhibition in Minsk, Yerevan, and Moscow. In Novosibirsk the exhibition will be displayed in the Centre for Culture CC19 from 24 November 2020 to 24 January 2021. The exhibition encapsuates a long period of time, from 1920s constructivism to the Soviet modernism of the second half of the 20th century, and ends with the transition to the post-modernist architecture of the early 1990s. Presenting the podcast is the Novosibirsk artist and curator, Anton Karmanov.

Ivan Atapin

Ivan Atapin is a historian and art researcher. Having graduated from the History department of Tomsk State University, he is now a Masters student at the Institute of History of the St. Petersburg State University. He is the author of a number of scientific publications on the history of architecture in the cities and towns of western Siberia. He has participated in Russian and international conferences. The subject of his scientific interest is the architecture of the Soviet vanguard, the history of architectural organizations, and artistic ties in the Urals and Siberia in the 1920–1930s. Atapin works in the Professor’s Apartment museum in Tomsk. He has repeatedly participated in the city legacy protection campaigns in Novosibirsk and Tomsk.


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