“The City of Tomorrow” in Yerevan

15 August, 2019
An exhibition dedicated to the architecture of post Soviet cities is being held at the National Museum Institute of Architecture after Tamanyan with the support of My Step Foundation. “The City of Tomorrow” exhibit.

Introducing the modernist legacy of urban development, the exhibition covers the period of time from 1920-1950. These cities were built as role models for a new society.

"This is not just an exhibition of architectural projects, it is about the general atmosphere of the Soviet times," said Ruben Arevshatyan, director of the National Museum-Institute of Architecture, one of the curators of the "City of Tomorrow" exhibition.

City of Tomorrow is a travelling exhibition organized by Goethe Center. The exhibition launches from Yerevan, after which it will be exhibited in Minsk and Moscow in 2019 and in Kiev, Novosibirsk and Tbilisi in 2020.

The exhibition was preceded by several years of research work in collaboration with a number of partner institutions in the region and in Germany.

Together with Ruben Arevshatyan, the exhibition was co-curated by Anna Kats from the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and Georg Schoellhammer, the founding editor of the Austrian Springerin contemporary art magazine.

“We want to bring back the history that has been oppressed in the international architectural world for many years because it is the history of the abolished system. Even in major centers of architectural history - in the US, Canada, France - they recognize the importance of Soviet modernism and begin to appreciate the important role Armenia has played in the establishment of Soviet modernism." In one of his interviews, Georg Schoellhammer said.

The City of Tomorrow will be in Yerevan until September 7 this year.

The project partners are Al. Tamanyan National Museum-Institute of Architecture (Yerevan), The State Museum of Architecture after Shusev (Moscow), Moscow Institute of Architecture (Moscow), Institute of Modernism (Moscow).

The sponsor of the Yerevan Exhibition is the "My Step" charitable foundation.

15 August, 2019

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