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Art and Architecture

Art

The art reference collection covers fine and applied art from Russia and the former Soviet Union. It is of interest to art historians, theatre designers and publishers.

The range is wide - from general histories of Russian and Soviet art to specific aspects of painting, sculpture, print-making and the graphic arts, theatre design, icons, folk art, textiles and ceramics. The Russian period is well represented with a substantial section on icons, the 19th-century schools and monographs on individual Russian artists. The Soviet period covers the avant-garde, socialist realism and individual Soviet artists. In particular, there is a strong section on the constructivists, some rare books by and about designers, and excellent coverage of the Cold War years.

Titles are in Russian and English, predominantly from Soviet publishers. The collection is supplemented by back issues of a number of Soviet art and cultural magazines held in the periodicals collection.

The Art Collection is currently the focus of the Society's cataloguing activity; a list will be made available on the SCRSS website in due course.

Selected Titles

Boris Grigor'yev: Raseya (Izdatel'stvo C Efron, Berlin / Izdatel'stvo Müller & Co, Potsdam, 1922; includes articles by A Tolstoy, A Shaikevich, A Benois, B Grigor'yev)
Art in the USSR (CG Holme, The Studio Ltd, London / New York, 1935)
Sovetskiye Mastera Satiry 1941-1945 (Gosudarstvennoye Izdatel'stvo Iskusstvo, Moscow / Leningrad, 1946)
Kukryniksy (Natalia Sokolova, Izdatel'stvo Akademii Khudozhestv SSSR, Moscow, 1962)
Yurkunas Vitautas (L Yasyulis, Sovetsky Khudozhnik, Moscow, 1966, monograph)
Russky kostyum (Vserossiyskoye Teatral'noye Obshchestvo, Moscow, 1960-1972, 4 volumes)
Nikolai Tomsky (VE Mimina, Iskusstvo, Moscow, 1980)

Architecture

The architecture reference collection covers all aspects of architecture, building and town planning in Russia from medieval times to the 20th century. It is an invaluable resource on the Russian and Soviet period for architecture historians and researchers.

The collection holds over 500 reference titles, many illustrated with extensive plans and architectural details, as well as photographs and illustrations. The Russian period includes monographs on Russian and Western architects to the Tsarist court, such as Bazhenov, Cameron and Rastrelli. The Soviet period includes monographs on figures such as the avant-garde designers Leonidov and Melnikov; Alexei Shchusev, designer of the Lenin Mausoleum; and the 20th-century theatre designers and architects Leonid, Victor and Alexander Vesnin. There are also titles on the Soviet avant-garde period donated by the late Dr Catherine Cooke.

The majority of titles in the main architecture collection are Soviet publications in Russian or English. It is supplemented by back issues of a number of Soviet architecture magazines held in the periodicals collection. The Huntly Carter Collection within the photo library also provides an important visual resource on avant-garde architecture in the 1920s-30s.

Two special archives enhance the collection - the Arthur Ling Bequest and the SCR Architects and Planners Group Archive.

Arthur Ling Bequest

The Arthur Ling Bequest was received in 1995. Professor Ling was a noted architect and town planner who chaired the Society's Architects and Planners Group from 1985-91. His collection covers architecture and town planning in both the Soviet Union and post-war Eastern Europe. It includes many photographs taken on his travels in the region.

SCR Architects and Planners Group Archive

The Society also holds the archive of the Architects and Planners Group (1945-91), whose members included such alumni as Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Wells Coates, Erno Goldfinger, Bertold Lubetkin and Sir Charles Reilly.

Selected Titles

The Socialist Reconstruction of Moscow and other Cities in the USSR (LM Kaganovich, Martin Lawrence, London, 1931)
Russian Mediaeval Architecture (David Roden Buxton, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1934)
Arkhitektura parkov SSSR (M Korzhev and M Prokhorov, Gosudarstvennoye Arkhitekturnoye Izdatel'stvo Akademii Arkhitektury, USSR, 1940)
Arkhitekturnaya kompozitsiya gorodov (A Bunin and M Kruglova, Akademiya Arkhitektury, USSR, 1940)
Rebuilding the Liberated Areas of the Soviet Union (Professor N Voronin, Hutchison & Co, London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, 1945)
Iz istorii sovetskoy arkhitektury 1917-1925 gg (KN Afanas'yev, Izdatel'stvo Akademii Nauk, Moscow, 1963)


 

Pioneer camp poster (Cicely Osmond Collection, SCRSS Library)

 

Related Links

SCRSS Archive

Huntly Carter Collection

 

Design by Melnikov for USSR Pavilion at Paris Exposition of Decorative and Industrial Arts 1925 (SCRSS Library)

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