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Deserted Soviet Relic to Become Modern Art Museum

Udarnik Cinema circa 1959, photo source: Yeeyan

The Berlin wall wasn’t the only thing that fell after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Moscow’s Udarnik Cinema, famed for premiering Soviet Films, became a car dealership in the 1990’s and a casino in the 2000’s.  After the casino flopped, the building lay stagnant; now, it is set to become the home of Moscow’s first museum devoted to Russian Contemporary Art.

Shalva Breus, the head of the Artchronika Cultural Foundation is leading the project, which will exhibit Sots-Art (Soviet Pop Art) and the art magazine, Artchronika’s extensive collection of Rusian Contemporary Art.  The cinema room, will be host to special lectures and meetings as well.

The Udranik Cinema is a cherished relic to Soviet constructivism.  Designed by architect, Boris Lofan, the cinema is a part of the 1931 House on the Embankment, a government building and home to some of the Soviet bourgeoisie.

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Source: RT

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New York February / March 2014
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