Alma-Ata: Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991, the second book in the series that began in 2016 with a guidebook on modernist architecture in Moscow, will be presented at Garage Auditorium.
Architectural historians Anna Bronovitskaya and Nikolay Malinin, and photographer Yury Palmin review sixty buildings—from a circus and a market to palaces of culture and residential estates—that represent various substyles of the era that began with the Khrushchev reform and ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Drawing on documentation and interviews with Alma-Ata architects, historians, former and current inhabitants, Bronovitskaya and Malinin discuss each building within wider cultural, social, and political contexts. Along with Yury Palmin’s photographs, produced for the publication and which explore the aesthetics of the buildings and their deterioration, the publication contains ample archival material including drawings, perspectives, and old photographs. A guide to the golden age of Kazakhstan’s former capital, Alma-Ata paints a portrait of an international and sophisticated city with a unique character that attracted talented architects and artists from across the Soviet Union.
The presentation will feature the authors of the book Anna Bronovitskaya, Nikolai Malinin, and photographer Yuri Palmin, as well as the book designer Dmitry Mordvintsev.