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Arkhitekturnye Fantazii

In his introduction to Architectural Fantasies: 101 Compositions, Iakov Chernikov's sixth and final volume on design theory, he defended the significance of visionary paper architecture: "Not without reason, however, have great thinkers of all times accorded vast importance to fantasy, as being the forerunner of any kind of progress. To look one-sidedly at the idea of fantasy and not to consider its positive role in all fields of culture and art-this is to make a great mistake." For Chernikov the fantasy drawing offered the architect an effective means of liberating himself from convention and imagining a future reflecting the avant-garde culture of the new Soviet Union.

As a Constructivist, a...

before 1933
30.5 x 22.5cm
Image and text © MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2019

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