Soviet Architectural Avant-Gardes: Architecture and Stalin’s Revolution from Above, 1928-1938, by Danilo Udovicki-Selb, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in May 2020.
Conventional readings of the history of Soviet art and architecture show modernist utopian aspirations as all but prohibited by 1932 under Stalin’s totalitarianism. Soviet Architectural Avant-Gardes reveals how the relationship between the Party and practicing architects was much more complex and contradictory than previously believed, and shows how the architectural avant-garde was able to persist at a time when it is widely considered to have been driven underground. In doing so, this book provides an essential perspective on how to analyze, evaluate, and “re-imagine” the history of modernist expression in its cultural context. It offers a new understanding of ways in which twentieth-century social revolutions and their totalitarian sequels inflected the discourse of both modernity and modernism.