Yuri Avvakumov. Worker and Farmer International. 1990-95


Yuri Avvakumov is a founding member and theorist-in-chief of a group of Russian conceptual artists called the ‘Paper Architects’. This group graduated from the Moscow Architecture Institute in the early 1980s and, frustrated by the conservatism of their profession in Russia and the shortage of funds for new building, they turned instead to entering competitions sponsored by western and Japanese architectural journals, where their fantastic and unrealiseable schemes won them international acclaim. The term ‘Paper Architecture’ was a derogatory one applied to the unrealistic dreams of the revolutionary avant-garde of the early twentieth century. Worker and Farmer International – homage to Vera Mukhina – a sculpture within a structure (or vice versa), the skeleton of the famed Soviet monument within the Monument for the III-rd International, constructivism within socialist realism (and vice versa). Object of the permanent reconstruction. 



Yuri Avvakumov. Worker and Farmer International. 1990-95. Silkscreen print. 74 x 56 cm. Edition 23/36


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