qatsi (qatsi) wrote,
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Joe-Building

Today we went to the Royal Academy's Building the Revolution exhibition. Curiously, the fog was quite dense all the way from Reading as far as about Ealing, whereupon it suddenly cleared, and central London was actually quite sunny at times.

The exhibition - a combination of art from the early Soviet period (up to about 1935) and architectural photos and designs - isn't one of their blockbusters in scale, although many of the buildings on display might well qualify on that measure. Most of the art didn't really do anything for me, but the photos - both from the period and more contemporary (generally from the 1990s) - were much more to my liking. It was noted that many of the examples presented are now in a rather dilapidated state; though it should be said that in other cases, buildings were described as "still in residential use" or "refurbished", so it was by no means a ubiquitous state of decay; indeed, some of the industrial buildings and a sanatorium are still in use as well. The final section of the exhibition is dedicated to Lenin's mausoleum on Red Square.
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