A History of Russian Exposition and Festival Architecture: 1700-2014

1st Edition

Alla Aronova, Alexander Ortenberg

Published September 4, 2018
Reference - 328 Pages - 72 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138207554 - CAT# Y289787
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture

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This collection of thirteen vignettes addresses several important episodes in the history of Russian temporary architecture and public art, from the royal festivals during the times of Peter the Great up to the recent venues including the Sochi Winter Olympics. The forms and the circumstances of their design were drastically different; however, the projects discussed in the book share a common feature: they have been instrumental in the construction of Russia’s national identity, with its perception of the West - simultaneously, a foe and a paragon - looming high over this process. The book offers a history of multidirectional relationships between diplomacy, propaganda, and architecture.

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