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Ukrainian Architecture – Constructivism and Bauhaus

Budova sotsiialistychn'oho Kyieva [The construction of socialist Kyiv].

Kiev: Vydannia Kyivs'koi mis'krady, 1932. Oblong quarto (21 × 30 cm). Original photo-illustrated card wrappers with photomontage endpapers; 168 pp. Illustrated throughout from photographs. Light soil and toning to wrappers; small chip to lower left corner of front wrapper; else about very good.

Richly illustrated anniversary album showcasing the architecture of socialist Kyiv in the first fifteen years since the October revolution, with elements of Constructivist and Bauhaus design. The album includes 150 structures built in the early Soviet period, featuring architectural sketches and photographs of completed buildings, with information about the dimensions of the construction and building costs. Notable Constructivist projects in the album include the Kyiv District Power Station, designed by VKhUTEMAS graduates Mikhail Parusnikov, with Georgy Goltz, and Andrei Burov, as well as the building of VUFKU (All-Ukrainian Photo and Cinema Administration), designed by Valerian Rykov, who also created the austere modernist re-design of the Petrivtsi movie theater pictured in the album. Bauhaus inspired designs in the album are mostly for worker housing, student dorms, and the children’s sanatorium buildings.

The album was published during a turning point for architecture in the Soviet Union, when “formalist” design was becoming suspect. Many of the Constructivist designs in the album, included as drawings, were apparently never built or were significantly redеsigned in later years, including the buildings of the Jewish Theater, the club building of “Zhitlokoopbud” and the striking Redens Club, later club of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Some of the completed buildings were destroyed all together, making the images in the album rare records of the original designs. The introduction to the album is by Vasyl Bystrukov, the head of the Kyiv city council (1932–1934), who was arrested and shot in 1936.

As usual for the period, the colophon lists all persons involved in the design, typesetting, and printing of the book. The photography is attributed to F. R. Petrov.

One of 1200 copies printed.

As of June 2022, KVK, OCLC show a single copy worldwide.

Book ID: 52089

Price: $4,000.00