Graduates of Russia’s rst international Urban design Masters course, directed by SVESMI partner Anastassia Smirnova, treated the Tretyakov museum as a city within a city and accordingly, have come up with their own interpretation of its buildings and collections.
The project team, comprised of specialists from the Tretyakov Gallery and young urban designers from Russia, Latvia, Sweden and the United States have set up a new colonnade by the entrance to the museum. Facing the Moskva River, each of the six added columns functioned as an art installation dedicated to an aspect of contemporary urban design. Without disrupting the original modernist portico, the designers have layered new meaning to the existing architecture and have established new visual links between the space of the city and the space of art.
The team have also proposed a new ‘pathway’ for visitors inside the New Tretyakov Gallery called “An Other Route”.
The path made its way through the existing exhibitions, uniting the works from various genres and periods into a general history of urban paradoxes from the 20th century.
The exhibition’s curators asked Russian writers, poets, artists, architects, art historians, economists and urbanists to comment on selected works from different genres and discuss how to look at the city through the lens of Soviet fine art — from 1920s avant-garde to Moscow conceptualism.