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Alexander Brodsky

  • Alexander Brodsky: Rotunda, Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga region, Russia, 2009. (Photo: Yuri Palmin) 1 / 4  Alexander Brodsky: Rotunda, Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga region, Russia, 2009. (Photo: Yuri Palmin)
  • Alexander Brodsky: Ice Pavilion, Klyazma Reservoir, 2003. (Photo: Yuri Palmin) 2 / 4  Alexander Brodsky: Ice Pavilion, Klyazma Reservoir, 2003. (Photo: Yuri Palmin)
  • Alexander Brodsky: Vodka Ceremony Pavilion, Pirogovo, 2003. (Photo: Yuri Palmin) 3 / 4  Alexander Brodsky: Vodka Ceremony Pavilion, Pirogovo, 2003. (Photo: Yuri Palmin)
  • Alexander Brodsky: Cisterna, installation at Collector Gallery, Moscow, 2011. (Photo: Yuri Palmin) 4 / 4  Alexander Brodsky: Cisterna, installation at Collector Gallery, Moscow, 2011. (Photo: Yuri Palmin)

Definitely one of the most innovative architects working in Russia today, Alexander Brodsky actively deals with the identity of his homeland through a mixture of architecture and artistic installations. A leading member of the “Paper Architects,” an opposition group in the 1980s soviet union, the many highlights of his work include an ice pavilion built on a frozen lake, a model of a city submerged in a swimming pool-sized installation of crude oil, and a rickety restaurant built on stilts in water.

In a three-day mini-exhibition at the Swiss Architecture Museum (S AM) in Basel opening on 22 November, 2012, photographs of Brodsky’s work taken by the renowned Yuri Palmin artfully chronicle his often-ephemeral installations and events. The exhibiton, titled Alexander Brodsky: Architect between art and the real world, is part of the Culturescapes Moscow Festival 2012, which involves cultural exchanges between Moscow and Basel.

We highly recommend visiting this super-quick exhibition on its opening day! On the 22nd, a lecture about contemporary architecture by Elena Kossovskaja will take place, followed by a keynote speech by Brodsky himself – and then a discussion between Brodsky and Swiss architect Peter Märkli, moderated by Hubertus Adam, the director of the S AM. Event and exhibition are a rare opportunity to experience the trajectory of Brodsky’s varied career, beautifully documented by an expert photographer who has followed his oevre for many years.

Alexander Brodsky: Architect between art and the real world
Exhibition, lecture, and discussion
22 November - 25 November 2012

Swiss Architecture Museum
Steinberg 7, CH-4001 Basel 

www.sam-basel.org

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