Moscow: Izogiz, 1933. Item #279
144 pp.: ill., 2 ill. 13x10 cm. In original printed wrappers. Few pieces of the wrapper missing, covers detached from the block, loose, blue ink stain in the upper corner of a few pages, soiling of the wrappers, a few pencil markings in the text. Clean internally, a good copy.
Very rare. From the series «Library of the ‘Art’ Magazine» edited by O.M. Beskin.
This book is a brilliant richly illustrated compilation on 1920-30s art and architecture with a focus on constructivism. With a folding plate of a final design The Palace of the Soviets (this is one of the first images accessible to the public).
Roman Khiger (1901-1985) was a Soviet architecture critic, architect and engineer, one of the ideologists of constructivism. In 1930s he was one of the leading architecture critics in USSR. In 1928 he on his own initiative wrote an article «On the Matter of Constructivism Ideology in Modern Architecture» and brought it to the well-known magazine ‘Sovremennaia Arkhitektura’ (i.e. Modern Architecture). In that article he enunciated principles of constructivism and gave harsh response to its critics. The article was published and Khiger was hired and later became a deputy to Vesnin and Ginsburg on the editorial board. He was the first to professionally characterize and describe Melnikov and Golosov’s art, remarkable architects of 1920s constructivism whose names were little known until 1980s.
This edition is divided into sections: period of romanticism and symbolism, formalism, constructivism and functionalism, neoclassicism and eclecticism, proletarian architecture, problems and perspectives of a near future. With almost 30 black and white architecture designs and photos. Among them are designs by Vesnin brothers, Golosov, Shchuko, Shchusev, Fomin, Golosov, Leonidov, and some other distinguished architects.