The “Ruina” annex
Vozdvigenka str., 5/25
Оn Wednesday, December 19, the Schusev Museum of Architecture will open its new exhibition NER: Tracing the Future City, 1959–1977. The exhibition is dedicated to the collective project of the Soviet experimental architectural group NER and its radical model of the City of the Future – «The New Element of Settlement».
At the core of NER’s City of the Future were humanistic conceptions about the urban environment. The authors rejected the uncontrolled urban growth, promoting a unified system of settlement across the country and a city as a space of creative communication between people. This urban model eventually became firmly established within the practice of urban planning. The exhibition will introduce the stages of the formation of NER’s urban theory – from their collective diploma at the Moscow Architectural Institute (1960) to projects published abroad and presented at the international exhibitions, such as XIV Milan Triennale (1968) and Osaka Expo’70. The «Ruina» annex will feature the previously unpublished materials from the personal archives of the NER group, original drawings and sketches, publications, as well as video and audio testimonies of the group members.
The exhibition is accompanied by a large-scale cultural and educational program.
During the opening of the exhibition, the Museum will hold the presentation of the new book «NER: City of the Future» with its authors Jean-Louis Cohen and Masha Panteleyeva, as well as the graphic designer of the project, Mikhail Anikst. This book is the first specialized edition, in which the creative heritage of the group is viewed in the context of Soviet and international architectural discourses. The book was created with the support of the AVC Charity Foundation and will be available in the bookshop of the Museum.
An international research symposium organized by the Graduate School of Urbanism of the HSE Faculty of Urban and Regional Development together with the exhibition curators Masha Panteleyeva and Alexandra Goutnova will be held on December 20–22.
A series of lectures «Architectural Utopias: the Twentieth Century» will take place on January 5 – February 10.
On January 19–February 10, a workshop seminar entitled «New History Will Be!» will gather young specialists who will propose their own visions of the City of the Future.
The AVC Charity Foundation
Schusev State Museum of Architecture
Alexandra Goutnova and Masha Panteleyeva
Graduate School of Urbanism of the HSE Faculty of Urban and Regional Development
light system «MDM-Light»
multimedia «White Balance Group»
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