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NAUM GABO AND THE COMPETITION FOR THE PALACE OF SOVIETS, MOSCOW, 1931-1933. Berlinische Galerie, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 1992. Organized in association with Gosudarstvennyi naucno-issledovatel'skii muzei architektury A.V. Schuseva, Moscow. 242 pp. with 205 ills. (30 col.). 28 x 21 cm. ISBN 3927873292 In English.
Providing the first extensive study of Gabo's innovative design for the Palace of Soviets, an ultimately unrealized governmental and cultural center intended to symbolize the Soviet state, this catalogue features preliminary sketches, plans, elevations and perspective renderings produced by the renowned Russian-born sculptor (1890-1977) for the design competition and for other projects while also presenting pictorial documentation of competition entries by some 30 other Russian and Western European architects, including Gropius, Poelzig, Le Corbusier and Jeanneret, and Mendelsohn. Ten texts include a translation of the 1931 competition brief, examinations of the ideological and architectural issues involved in the Palace of Soviets project, detailed descriptions of Gabo's proposal and the structural system he designed for the building's curvilinear concrete roof, and a discussion of the Utopian ideals informing the artist's Constructivist sculptural oeuvre. Please note that a German-language edition of this title is available (see Worldwide 900128).
Artist(s):Gabo, Naum
Indexing: Western, Europe — Russia/Soviet Union/Commonwealth — 1900-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 02,03,24
Worldwide Number: 023904
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