Book presentation: Leningrad: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991


From 8 December 2021




Garage Auditorium
Book presentation: Leningrad: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991 Book presentation: Leningrad: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991



Garage Museum of Contemporary Art continues its series of guidebooks on Soviet modernism with a guide to the architecture of Leningrad.

The authors will discuss modernism as part of the architecture of a city traditionally associated with classical ensembles. They will explore the differences between Leningrad modernism and that of Moscow, Alma-Ata, Kiev, Tashkent, Chisinau, and other cities, as well as the modernist period in Western architecture, while also explaining how they selected the buildings for this guide and what they had to sacrifice as part of the process.

On December 8, Garage Shop will be selling the book with a 10% discount.


Anna Bronovitskaya is an architectural historian and curator. She graduated in Art History from Moscow State University, before receiving her Candidate of Sciences in Art History degree in 2004. From 1992 to 2016 she lectured at Moscow Architectural Institute. Since 2016, Bronovitskaya has taught at MARCH Architectural School in Moscow. Between 2004 and 2014, she was editor of the architectural magazines Project Russia and Project International. Since 2015, she has given a series of lectures on twentieth-century architecture at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Her articles on Soviet architecture have been published in the Russian and international press. She lives and works in Moscow.

Yuri Palmin is an artist and architectural photographer. He graduated in Applied Linguistics from Moscow State University in 1986 and began working as a professional photographer in 1989. Palmin collaborates with contemporary architects and specialist media in Russia and abroad, illustrates books on contemporary and historic Russian architecture, and participates in creative projects with other artists, including Alyona Kirtsova, Alexander Brodsky, Vladislav Efimov, and Sergey Leontiev. He teaches at MARCH Architectural School and is co-founder of the Institute of Modernism. Palmin’s works are in the collections of the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, and private collections. He lives and works in Moscow.


Vadim Bass, architectural historian, research consultant for the guide


The presentation will take place in Garage Auditorium with broadcast on YouTube.

Visiting the event is only possible with a QR code and an original passport.