Schusev State
Museum of Architecture

Nikolai Levochkin, engineer and architect of paradise

September 6 – October 2, 2011
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In the “Ruined” Wing

This exhibition presents the collection of architectural objects created by Nikolai Nikiforovich Levochkin, who worked all his life as an engineer for the Moscow Metro.

After Nikolai Levochkin passed away in 2008, the Schusev Museum of Architecture was given his works, the existence of which no one had known until then. Immediately it was clear that Levochkin—a worker, technician, and later driver of the Moscow metro—had spent the last third of his life creating incredible objects that ultimately filled the entirety of his small room on Vekovoi Street. All similar in technique and subject matter, these objects come together to form an ideal architectural ensemble: “the square of wooden architecture,” as Nikolai Levochkin referred to it in his journals. In this work Levochkin used discarded materials and household obejcts: chess pieces, parts of chandeliers and appliances, holiday garlands, clocks, and so on. Each object in the series has a special decorative label with a name: “Moscow Cathedral,” “Cathedral of Sacred Russia,” “Palace of the Twelve Months,” “Palace of Nature,” “ The Portraitist,“ “The Great Break,” “Castle,” “Law of God,” “Fantasy,” “Stauropegic,” and so on.

Balancing between the genres of architecture, art installation, and conceptual art, these unusual objects give a wholly new and dream-like manifestation to a historico-monumental beginning, which departs irriversibly from the space of pragmatic modern cities.

This first full-scale exhibition in Russia of the work of Levochkin is an attempt to gradually restore of the history, biography, and psychological context that inspired Levochkin in his life’s work.

In late 2010 and early 2011 this exhibition of Levochkin’s creations was held at the Arshipel Centre de Culture Urbaine in Lyon, France.

Curator of the exhibition: Sergei Sitar

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