Oct 5, 2022–Jan 23, 2023

MELNIKOV / MELNIKOFF

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Vozdvizhenka str., 5/25, 119019 Moskau Map
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Tue–Sun 11 am–8 pm, Thu 1–9 pm

State Museum of Architecture named after A.V. Shchuseva presents the first large-scale exhibition in many decades by the Russian architect Konstantin Stepanovich Melnikov (1890-1974), timed to coincide with his 130th birthday.

The project, originally scheduled for 2020, was postponed by two years due to the pandemic. The Museum of Architecture did not abandon its plans, and the forced delay made it possible to attract the maximum number of specialists to work on the exhibition.

The monographic exhibition of one of the most famous Russian architects of the 20th century is a long-awaited and most complete representation of the master's work. The main goal of the curators is to widely highlight the work of Konstantin Melnikov, to show the maximum number of objects, to acquaint the public with both well-studied monuments and those that were not realized, but nevertheless had a huge impact on modern architecture.

Elizaveta Likhacheva, Director of the State Museum of Architecture named after A.V. Shchuseva:  “For the museum, this is the first full-fledged scientific study of the life and work of one of the greatest Russian architects. This work will be continued - we set ourselves the goal of publishing the entire legacy of Konstantin Melnikov, making it as accessible as possible for researchers and the general public, and ensuring that his name takes its rightful place in world architecture.

Visitors are expected to meet Melnikov's work in its most diverse manifestations. For the first time, more than 200 exhibits will be presented at the exhibition - graphics, architectural and artistic (student works, portraits), archival documents, paintings, personal belongings of Konstantin Stepanovich and photographic materials from the archive of the Melnikov House, which was preserved by the son of the architect, Viktor Konstantinovich. Among the exhibits are unique memorial items related to the first trip of Konstantin Melnikov to Paris for the construction of the famous USSR Pavilion in 1925: a Kodak camera and a medal for participation in the International Exhibition. A special place in the exposition will be occupied by architectural models of unrealized projects of the master, made especially for the exhibition.

Pavel Kuznetsov, director of the State Museum of Konstantin and Viktor Melnikov:  “Melnikov’s visionary projects push the boundaries of what is possible in architecture and are no less interesting today than 16 projects brought to life during the “golden period” of his work (1923-1930) - exhibition pavilions , workers' clubs, garages, office buildings and kiosk.

The architecture of the exhibition was designed  by Planet9. The founder of the bureau Agniya Sterligova with her team tried to turn to the architectural images of Konstantin Melnikov. The exhibition in 10 halls of the front enfilade of the museum acquaints the audience with the life and work of Melnikov and his development as an architect. Thus, one of the halls of the exhibition is dedicated to the period of apprenticeship, where the works of Konstantin Stepanovich are presented in the context of the works of his teachers - architects A.V. Shchusev and I.V. Zholtovsky.

The painstaking research work that preceded the exhibition allowed the curators to discover little-known pages of the architect's biography and work.