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Germany: exhibition of Estonian architectural drawings in Berlin

From October 6, 2017, the exhibition about the architectural drawings from the 1970s and 1980s - 'Centrifugal Tendencies. Tallinn – Moscow – Novosibirsk' - is opened at the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin.

The exhibition brings together the works of three former Soviet architectural movements, which expanded the possibilities for architectural expression and critically reacted to the official restrictions of the specialty. In response to the monotony of the Soviet architectural environment and the standardization of the work of the architect, drawings for exhibitions and competitions became narrative and conceptual works of art, often commenting ironically the environment and the times. These works can be viewed as a dialogue that tried to exceed cultural and national boundaries. For Moscow paper architects, architectural magazine competitions became the international scene, and Juri Avakumov, one of the heads of the movement, is also one of the authors of this exhibition. The Estonian Architects' Group, known as the Tallinn School at the end of the 1970s, held a direct dialogue with its Finnish colleagues but also derived from the experience of the 1920s avant-garde. Novosibirsk architects led the architectural form creation and means of expression to the extreme, interpreting international postmodernism that way. According to the co-curator of the exhibition Andres Kurg, exhibiting works together in such volumes gives the opportunity to study similar impulses of architects working in different cities and the critical directions of the culture of the late Soviet period.

Most of the works representing Estonia come from the collections of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog.

Estonian architects represented at the exhibition: Ülevi Eljand, Veljo Kaasik, Tiit Kaljundi, Vilen Künnapu, Leonhard Lapin, Avo-Himm Loover, Jüri Okas, Ain Padrik, Toomas Rein, Andres Siim.

Curators: Juri Avakumov, Andres Kurg (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Partners: Museum of Estonian Architecture, Art Museum of Estonia
Supporter: Estonian Embassy in Berlin

Venue: Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
Christinenstraße 18a, 10119 Berlin

The opening of the exhibition on October 6, 2017, at 7 p.m.
The exhibition is open from October 7th, 2017 until February 18th, 2018.

Photo: The Chess of Estonian Architectural Century. Leonhard Lapin, 1986

Additional information: Andres Kurg, kuraator,

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