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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Last chance to see Soviet Art exhibit at the Royal Academy

12th January 2012

Culture vultures and history buffs booking rooms in London hotels have until only January 22nd to catch the Building the Revolution exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 has received high praise from the press as the displays explore the avant-garde buildings and works of art that came out of the former Communist Bloc.

Described as a "brief but intense" period, 1915-1935 saw architects fired up by the recent communist revolution produce a range of bizarre and new buildings as well as public art pieces.

"The drive to forge a new Socialist society in Russia encouraged synthesis between radical art and architecture," explained the venue.

Many of the works have never been shown in the UK, making it an ideal destination for design lovers staying in luxury London hotels.

Some of the designs are truly unique as the new generations of architect wanted to avoid "bourgeois" trends for beauty yet create interesting and aesthetically pleasing designs, according to Time Out reviewer Nina Caplan.

"It's a photography gallery, an art exhibition, a history course, an architecture lecture and a wistful look at a time when art was considered directly relevant to life," she remarked.

"In short, it's an ideological mess with laudable aims - just like the majority of revolutions."

Visitors to the exhibit rated the displays highly, with Building the Revolution netting an average grade of five stars.

Part of the exhibit centres around creative designer Konstantin Melnikov, who created communal living spaces and was rewarded with permission to design and build his own custom home.

"The house, which is absolutely beautiful, is currently neglected and unoccupied, the victim of an ownership tussle," added the reviewer.

"Really, what better epitaph for the communist revolution could there be?"

Additionally, until February 12th, art lovers may enjoy Driven to Draw: Twentieth-Century Drawings and Sketchbooks from the Royal Academy's Collection.

The exhibit boasts the Academy's own rarely seen collection of rare works that demonstrate a wide array of styles.


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