NARKOMFIN HOUSE - STALIN'S SKYSCRAPER - WHITE HOUSE - NEW ARBAT - PLANETARIUM - THE END OF SOVIET POWER - 1990ss
During the 20th century the more liberal periods in Russia interchanged with the more autocratic times every 15-20 years. Each cycle expressed and promoted its key values in its own favorite forms of architecture. Let's compare the egg-shaped Planetarium of the 1920ss and the fanciful Stalin's skysc
raper, the ascetic NarKomFin residential block and a rich facade of the old American embassy, the boxy Government House and the pretentious entrance of the Moscow Zoo to talk about the ways of Russia in the last 100 years. The Government (the White) House will be in the focus of our attention as a stage for two main coups of the 1990ss - the fall of Gorbachev in 1991 and the fall of true Democracy / the final victory of Democracy (depends on your viewpoint) in 1993. As a cherry on top - some stories about the inhabitants of the Moscow Zoo.