Superstructure

Superstructure

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March 13 2015, 5.00 pm

Center for Urban History, Lviv

From January 28 to February 28, 2015, the Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv) holded an exhibition "Superstructure," which presented the most outstanding projects of post-war neo-modernist architecture in Kyiv. The exhibition was the first to feature accomplished and unaccomplished projects by Kyiv architects, as well as the transformation of their utopian ideas.

Curators of this exhibition presented their project at the Center for Urban History. During the presentation, we also talked in general about 1960-1970s Soviet architecture and architects.

"Superstructure" was one of the results of the long-term research of Soviet neo-modernism in Ukraine. Materials of this research, initiated by Georg Schoelhammer within Local Modernities project, were previously presented at the exhibition Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991: Unknown Stories, curated by Ekaterina Schapiro-Obermair, Katharina Ritter and Alexadnra Wachter at Architekturzentrum Wien (2012); Trespassing Modernities, curated by Ruben Arevshatyan and Georg Schoelhammer at SALT Galata gallery, Istanbul (2013), andParallel Modernities at the 31st São Paulo Biennial (2014). The exhibition presented this research with a focus on Kyiv for the first time.

The project was presented by the exhibition’s curators Oleksiy Bykov and Oleksandr Burlaka.

The presentation was led by Natalia Mysak.

Oleksandr Burlaka 

graduated from the architectural faculty of Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. He participates in the Melnychuk-Burlaka Group, Group of Objects, the Khudrad interdisciplinary curator team. He worked as a researcher for the exhibitions Soviet Modernism 1955-1991: Unknown Stories" (Vienna), Trespassing Modernities (Istanbul), Parallel Modernities: Soviet Architecture 1956-1991 (Sao Paulo). He works in the National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv).

Oleksiy Bykov

graduated from the architectural faculty of Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. He participates in the group Manifest. He practices architecture independently. He works for the architectural magazine Obiekt as a freelance journalist, managing the section dedicated to the architectural heritage of Ukraine.

Natalia Mysak

is a PhD student at Lviv Polytechnic studying the theory of architecture. Her fields of interest: Modernist architecture, urban transformation processes, practical interventions in public space.