Frédéric Chaubin. CCCP. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

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Photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Les mer

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Photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the twenties and thirties, no "school" or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announces the end of Soviet Union. Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes of the widening net, architects revisited all the chronological periods and styles, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba sanatorium), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Tbilisi wedding palace). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to its suprematist influence (Promethee). Then comes the speaking architecture widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Kiev crematorium), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Kiev institute), a political center watching you like a Big Brother (Kaliningrad House of Soviet). This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of privacy and it also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before bringing the country to its end.

Detaljer

Forlag
Taschen GmbH
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk Fransk Tysk
Sider
312
ISBN
9783836525190
Utgivelsesår
2011
Format
34 x 26 cm

Om forfatteren

Frédéric Chaubin has been, for twenty years, editor-in-chief of the French lifestyle magazine Citizen K. Since 2000 he has regularly featured works combining text and photography. His CCCP collection research was carried out from 2003 to 2010 and published in 2011. He also authored the TASCHEN title Stone Age. Ancient Castles of Europe.

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«“The wonderfully titled CCCP is the perfect coffee table book for unrepentant Marxists.”»

Huffington Post

«“...an eye-opening experience for those who assumed that Soviet architecture died with the rise of Stalin.”»

The New York Times

«“…one of the most splendid of recent architecural publications and a revelation.”»

Apollo Magazine

«“This book is an extraordinary achievement, and Chaubin’s haunting photographs only improve with looking.”»

World of Interiors

«“A revolutionary read.”»

Architectural Digest

«“Soviet brutalism is not something traditionally thought of as beautiful, but Frederic Chaubin’s stunning photographs should go some way to changing this. This book is a bold foray into an architectural period that is barely documented, either in the former Soviet Union or the west.”»

The Observer

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