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PALACES OF THE PEOPLE: Soviet Metro Stations with Owen Hatherley at Erno Goldfinger's home at 2 Willow Road NW3

Thursday 16th July 2020
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

In this talk, we invite you into the Hampstead living room of Erno and Ursula Goldfinger to hear writer Owen Hatherley takes us on a subterranean expedition investigating the design aesthetics behind fifteen Metro networks built across the Soviet Union between the 1930s and 1980s. Rather than the straightforward systems of London, Paris or New York, these networks were used as propaganda artwork. Their fusion of sculpture, architecture and art, combining Byzantine, medieval, baroque and Constructivist ideas were infused with the notion that Communism would mean a communal luxury for all. Today these astonishing spaces remain the closest realisation of a Soviet utopia.

Tickets £15 including a glass of prosecco.

Owen Hatherley
Owen Hatherley writes regularly on aesthetics and politics for the Architectural Review, The Calvert Journal, Dezeen, the Guardian, Jacobin and the London Review of Books. He is the author of several books, most recently Landscapes of Communism, The Ministry of Nostalgia and The Chaplin Machine. In 2019, Hatherley in conjunction with photographer Christopher Herwig celebrated the Soviet metro’s expansive architectural legacy with the publication of Soviet Metro Stations.

Images - © Christopher Herwig


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