As Moscow’s real estate development explodes, the preservation of architectural landmarks has become a necessary cause. This task has been taken up by the prominent Russian senator Sergey Gordeyev. Mr. Gordeyev is the founder of the Russian Avantgarde Foundation, an organization aimed at preserving cultural heritage. Mr. Gordeyev will be a featured speaker at a two-day symposium in New York geared towards preserving the architectural legacy of radical Soviet architects of the 1920’s and ‘30’s. The Russian senator, along with a group of architects and historians from all over the world will illustrate the current state of the neglected monuments as well as explore their future. Among the highlights of the symposium will be a roundtable discussion, case studies and featured addresses
The symposium is concurrent with MoMA’s exhibition “Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32.” The exhibition, co-organized by Mr. Gordeyev’s Foundation features striking images of the vanguard-style structures, captured by photographer Richard Pare. The photographs, which span the last fifteen years, emphasize the symposium’s objective and reveal the gradual collapse and ruin of these monuments.
The Russian Avantgarde Foundation’s other undertakings include the creation of the Konstantin Melnikov Museum, to be housed in the building created by the architect. The Melnikov House is currently under threat of collapse due to construction work in its vicinity, and the Foundation is working hard to ensure its protection. The Foundation is also working to create an International Architectural Center with lecture and exhibition spaces. Other ongoing projects of the Foundation include an architectural graphics collection from the personal archives of Russian architects of the 20th century and a publishing program for architecture-themed books. The Symposium will take place on Friday, September 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Architectural League of New York, 457 Madison Avenue, and Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at MoMA, the Celeste Bartos Theater, 4 West 54th Street.
Russian Avantgarde Foundation
Angela Kutsyshina, + 7 (962)960-2782
Museum of Modern Art
Meg Blackburn, 212-708-9757