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Last of the Big Beasts: the life, death and resurrection of modern monuments

Owen Hatherley: Gosprom, Kharkov, Ukraine (Sergei Serafimov, Mark Felger and Samuel Kravets), 1925–28

The most breathtaking of all Constructivist projects, the Gosprom Building (or ‘Palace of Industry’) was built as an attempt to diminish the influence of Kiev as capital of the Ukraine. Constructed apparently by volunteers from the local Komsomol, this is Metropolis actualised. This enormous complex was conceived as a complete circle in four segments one of which was destroyed in World War Two.


Owen Hatherley | talks


Date and Time:

3 March 2011 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



The Gallery
70 Cowcross Street
0207 250 3857
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Twentieth Century Society
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