Paper Architecture. An Anthology by Yuri Avvakumov

Paper Architecture. An Anthology by Yuri AvvakumovPaper Architecture. An Anthology by Yuri Avvakumov
  • Year2021
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Edition2000
  • Pages374
  • BindingHardcover
  • Price2100 RUB
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The first comprehensive publication covering the history of paper architecture, a unique phenomenon of the Soviet 1980s

Architect and curator Yuri Avvakumov explores the legendary movement of “paper architects,” of which he was a key representative. Paper architecture—a type of conceptualist that circulated in the form of journal publications, exhibitions, and competitions of ideas—was a product of nonconformist reflection which employed languages and images of various architectural style to create of multivalent project designs. Paper architecture brought together the visual means of expression typical of fine art, architecture proper, literature, and theater. The book features texts and works by the main paper architects, including Yuri Avvakumov, Mikhail Belov, Alexander Brodsky, Lev Evzovich, Mikhail Filippov, Totan Kuzembaev, Vyacheslav Mizin, and Ilya Utkin.

The Art Newspaper Russia Book of the Year.

The book is published with the support of Andrey Cheglakov Foundation.


(b. 1957, Tiraspol) is an architect, artist, and curator. He graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute (MARCHI) in 1981 and has contributed to 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 many shows dedicated to paper architecture in Russia and abroad, including exhibitions in Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Ljubljana, Milan, Moscow, Paris, and Frankfurt. In 1996, Avvakumov represented the Russian Pavilion at the 6th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, where he displayed the installation Russian Utopia: A Depositary. In 2008, he curated the exhibition/installation RodDom in the Church of San Stae (Venice). He currently concentrates on museum exhibition design. Avvakumov’s works are in the collections of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Museum of Modern Art—Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), German Architecture Museum (Frankfurt), and many others. He lives and works in Moscow.