Novocomum and Zuyev Club: Shchusev State Museum of Architecture to present two avant-garde projects of the 20th century

Novocomum and Zuyev Club: Shchusev State Museum of Architecture to present two avant-garde projects of the 20th century
Ilya Golosov. Zuyev Club in Moscow. Photo by Shchusev State Museum of Architecture
A big photo project and a documentary film are to be presented at the exhibition.

'Terragni and Golosov: Novocomum in Como — Zuyev Club in Moscow.  Similarities and Correlations in Avant-Garde' exhibition is about two masterpieces of the 20th century's architecture. The first is Novocomum residential building in Como (Italy), the second one is Zuyev Club in Moscow. The buildings featuring a similar composition were designed and built almost simultaneously — in the 1927-1930s. Their authors, Ilya Golosov (1883–1945) and Giuseppe Terragni (1904–1943), belonged to different generations and had different education and experience, but both of them played a key role in the history of modern architecture. The exhibition will run from 5 September to 4 November at the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture.

"Inviting audience to compare and reflect, the exhibition is not going to offer simplifications and hasty comparisons. Instead, it will tell about the two key works of architecture of the 20th century created during the hard times in the history of Italy and the Soviet Union between the two world wars," project art curators Alessandro de Magistris and Anna Vyazemtseva explain.

The exhibition will present the findings of a scientific research of the works by the Soviet and Italian architects and tell about cultural relations between Italy and the USSR. Often compared because of their similar glass cylinders, this time the buildings will be juxtaposed relying on the original design documentation and archival sources, with their cultural and historical context analysed. Giuseppe Terragni's works, as well as Italian rationalism in general, will be demonstrated in our country for the first time, too. Besides, visitors will view design and archival files about Zuyev Club never exhibited before.

The exhibits will include original documents from the holdings of Shchusev State Museum of Architecture and the Russian State Literature and Art Archive. The exhibition will also feature a photo project by Roberto Conte and a documentary by Anna Vyazemtseva and Anton Ovcharov, including interviews with leading avant-garde art and architecture researchers from Italy and Russia.

The exhibition takes place under the auspices of MAARC (Abstract Art and Rationalism in Como Association) and Shchusev State Museum of Architecture.

Giuseppe Terragni. Novocomum. Photo by Terragni's Archive (Archivio Terragni)