Let’s Go to the Exposition! or the VDNH Cultural Code

The exhibition contains works of art, archival documents and artefacts that have shaped the cultural pattern of the VDNKh over the past hundred years.

The U-shaped plan of the central pavilion dictates the structure of the three-part display: documentary, crafts and contemporary art. The three main spaces of the pavilion are divided into capsule units, emphasizing the continuity of the themes through time. In the first wing visitors pass through three equal size rooms of different shapes — round, polygonal and square. Next a deep portal leads into an extensive hall of arts and crafts. Finally one finds themselves in a complex, monumental space of contemporary art.

The axial structure of the path is intentionally disrupted by narrow vertical volumes leading the visitor around the main axis, but visually connecting the spaces through thin vertical gaps. The monumental voyeurism is chosen as a dominant method of display, that is a reflection of the formidable sequence of events and works not included into the cultural pattern of the VDNKh.

Architecture: Olga Treivas, Vera Odyn, Elena Kornilova, Idrees Suliman
Client: VDNKh
Curators: Lina Krasnyanskaya, Igor Gurovich, Kirill Svetlyakov
Status: Completed
Location: Moscow, VDNKh, Karelia Pavilion
Area: 540 m2
Year: 2019
Photography: Olga Alekseenko

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      • The axial structure of the path is discharged by narrow vertical volumes
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      • Monumental voyeurism is chosen as a dominant method of the display, that is a reflection of formidable sequence of events and works not included into the cultural pattern of the VDNKh
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      • The exhibition contains works of art, archival documents and artefacts that have shaped the cultural pattern of the VDNH over the past hundred years
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