The Moscow Stories. Twentieth century. Part 2

27.06.2013 - 08.09. 2013

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents an exhibition “The Moscow Stories. Twentieth century. Part 2” devoted to the key events in the history of Moscow from the 1960s to 1990s. The exhibition encompasses 250 photographs by 50 prominent Russian artists.

Erwin Volkov Moscow. Leninsky avenue, 1967

The exhibition brings together architectural and street photography, reportages and genre photography from various periods and features works by Naum Granovsky, Nikolay Rakhmanov, Igor Zotin, Dmitri Vozdvizhenski, Nina Sviridova, Yuri Krivonosov, Mikhail Trakhman, Leonid Lazarev, Andrey Knyazev, Alexander Slyusarev, Yuri Abramochkin, Vladimir Lagrange, Sergei Borisov, Igor Palmin, Vladimir Bogdanov, Vladimir Filonov, and Igor Stomakhin amongst others.

In both parts of “Moscow Stories” we aimed not only to show the city but also to present a variety of approached and strands of the 20th century photography.

What Moscow of the 1960s-1990s looked like? What images were captured by human conscience and in photographs? Lights on Noviy Arbat street, queue before entering the mausoleum intersecting Red Square, fog above “Moskva” swimming pool in winter and shining domes of Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Gatherings of veterans in the vicinity of the Bolshoi theatre and barricades in front of the burning White House, and an Olimpic Bear flying above the stadium. The Moscow of 1961 was praising the first space conquerors while the Moscow of 1993 was overthrowing the country’s paramount leaders: Dzerzhinsky Square was renamed to Lubyanka Square and the monumental statue of Dzerzhinsky was removed and stocked at Krymsky Val.

The city life is defined not only by events but also by architecture, people and interaction between them. Photography brings viewers in contact with the variety of moods and flavours of the city.

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue “The Moscow Stories. Twentieth century”.