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Title It Was a Tribute to Architectural Quest: The Fate of Monuments of Constructivist Architecture in Smolensk
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About author Valuyev, Demyan Valerievich — Ph. D., associate professor. Smolensk State University, Przheval’skogo ul., 4, 214000 Smolensk, Russian Federation.
In the section International Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries DOI10.18688/aa200-3-45
Year 2020 Volume 10 Pages 520526
Type of article RAR Index UDK 72.036 Index BBK 85.113(2)

The article concerns the monuments of the constructivist style architecture in Smolensk. Аt the turn of the 1920–1930s, when Smolensk was the center of the western region of the USSR, a number of administrative, industrial, and residential buildings was built in this style. However, these buildings, primarily because of the stinginess and laconism of the design, caused a mixed reaction from both ordinary citizens of Smolensk and from representatives of the local authorities. Some local architects also criticized them. Criticism intensified after the condemnation of Constructivism at the level of higher authority. After the World War II, constructivist buildings were often restored in the forms of neoclassicism. However, a number of constructivist monuments have survived to this day almost in their original form. They serve as unique evidence of the experiments in the cultural and social spheres that took place during the “great breakthrough”.

Reference Valuyev, Demyan V. It Was a Tribute to Architectural Quest: The Fate of Monuments of Constructivist Architecture in Smolensk. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 10. Ed: A. V. Zakharova, S. V. Maltseva, E. Iu. Staniukovich-Denisova. — Lomonosov Moscow State University / St. Petersburg: NP-Print, 2020, pp. 520–526. ISSN 2312-2129.
Publication Article language russian
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