Video Chronicle

Soviet Modernism
1 July 2019


On July 1, 2019 the presentation of the book by Oleksiy Bykov and Ievgeniia Gubkina "Soviet Modernism. Brutalism. Post-Modernism. Buildings and Structures in Ukraine1955-1991" (Osnovy Publishing, 2019)  took place.

Soviet architecture in Ukraine has been rather in vogue abroad. At home, however, it is a different story: due to various political and economic factors and the stigma that is attached to everything Soviet, many buildings from the Soviet period are not being maintained, and are destroyed. A book by Alex Bykov and Ievgeniia Gubkina is an attempt to actualize Soviet Modernism within public and academic discourse of Ukraine. Based on extensive research, the book offers a rethinking of postwar Soviet architecture. Photos by Bykov document the buildings in their current state, while Gubkian’s criticisms and analysis give an unexpected spin to a multifaceted architectural movement placing it into a global, historical, and political context.

Oleksiy Bykov is an architect and photographer. Graduated from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (2008), runs private architectural activities. Oleksiy was one of curators of the exhibitions "Superstructure" (2015) and "Market" (2017) on Soviet Modernism in Ukraine. He worked as a freelance journalist in the "Object" Journal of architecture. he is a compiler of the book of Oleksandr Ranchukov "Above the Rooftops" (2016), author and presenter of the radio program "Design Supervision".