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Title : CCCP - Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed
Authors : Frédéric Chaubin
Publisher : Taschen
Year : 2011
ISBN-13 :9783836525190
Language : English, German, French

Description :
Photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals in CCCP - Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. His poetic pictures reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union.
This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of identity. It also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before the country was brought to its end.

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