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Book presentation: Yuri Avvakumov. Paper Architecture. An Anthology

30 April 2021


Architect and curator Yuri Avvakumov will introduce his book Paper Architecture. An Anthology and speak about the legendary movement of paper architects, of which the author was a key member.

Yuri Avvakumov will present the English translation of Paper Architecture. An Anthology at the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture. This book is the first comprehensive publication covering the history of paper architecture, a unique phenomenon of the Soviet 1980s. It is published by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art with the support of Andrey Cheglakov Foundation.

Paper architecture is a variation of conceptualism in architecture that circulated in the form of journal publications, exhibitions, and competitions of ideas, and was the product of nonconformist reflection which appropriated languages and tropes of various architectural styles for the creation of multivalent project designs. Paper architecture brings together the visual means of expression typical of fine arts, architecture proper, literature, and theater. The book features texts and works by all the key participants of the movement, including Yuri Avvakumov, Mikhail Belov, Alexander Brodsky, Lev Evzovich, Totan Kuzembaev, Vyacheslav Mizin, Ilya Utkin, and Mikhail Filippov.


Yuri Avvakumov (b. 1957, Tiraspol) is an architect, artist, and curator. He graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute (MARKHI) in 1981 and has participated in architectural and art exhibitions since 1982. In 1984, Avvakumov coined the term “paper architecture” to signify a genre of conceptual architectural design in the USSR in the 1980s. He has curated numerous exhibitions about paper architecture in Russia and abroad, including in Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Ljubljana, Milan, Moscow, Paris, and Frankfurt.

In 1996, Avvakumov represented Russia at the 6th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice with the installation Russian Utopia. A Depository. In 2008, he displayed the installation BornHouse in the Church of San Stae, also in Venice. He is currently focused on museum exhibition design. Avvakumov’s works are in the collections of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the German Architecture Museum (Frankfurt), and many others. He lives and works in Moscow.


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