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“History of Russian Design. Favorites. 1917–2022”

Parallels between mass-produced goods and designers’ ideas


Park Kultury


from 07.12.2021 until 27.11.2022

days: Tue,  Wed,  Thu,  Fri,  Sat,  Sun



This is the first large-scale exhibition about the history of Russian design over the last hundred years, prepared by the New Tretyakov Gallery and the Moscow Design Museum. The exhibition features models, sketches, conceptual designs, as well as reconstructions of projects that never came to fruition.

The West Wing of the New Tretyakov Gallery has been divided into four zones: avant-garde, art deco and Stalinist empire, post-war, and contemporary design. Exhibits that most clearly illustrate the most significant stages in the development of Russian design were chosen for the exhibition. The concept of curators Alexandra Sankova and Olga Druzhinina is to draw parallels between mass-produced goods and designer developments. The unique items are paired with objects that were produced in their millions. For example, a replica specially created for the exhibition of an avant-garde minimalist kitchen from the Narkomfin Building is contrasted with simple wooden stools. Also, for example, a 3D model of a Belka car (which never entered production) sits next to a Zaporozhets, which appeared on city streets in the postwar years.

The section on current Russian design presents innovative projects and those that have already been successfully implemented. Next to the concept for the Pop It device for the aromatic disinfection of living spaces, created by designer Pavel Volovov, is a TIOKRAFT air purifier and decontamination device, produced by the Ramensky tool plant.

Photo: Tretyakov Gallery


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