Dark dreams of Yakov Chernikhov

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Great collection of sketches by Yakov Chernikhov from the 30s and 40s at darkroastedblend.com. Unfortunately, many of the sketches were stolen from a museum in 2006.

“Given the tyrant’s [Stalin’s] love of absurd grandiosity, if his regime has lasted longer, we could’ve observed typically impersonal communist architecture transformed into something… intricate and gothic. Only too appropriate for the ‘Evil Empire’, the colossal Palaces and Pantheons would dominate the city, squash the last vestiges of soul, and yet strangely excite in their surreal dark presence.”

More Soviet architecture via this old post.

Posted by Chris

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