First stop in a partial tour of the Golden Ring: a series of provincial towns outside of Moscow
the room from my Vladimir homestay: complete with family photos and nonfunctioning TV
VDNKh is the former site of the All-Soviet Exhibition Center, a collection of ornate Stalinist buildings showcasing different countries in the USSR. Now it’s full of carnival rides, and the pavilions still in use house shops and currency exchanges. There are a few random things from the Soviet era up on display here as well, including this shuttle and plane.
decoration from one of the pavilions: More experiments with colored line.
In the third week I moved from a hostel in downtown Moscow to a homestay in a neighborhood outside the main area of the city.
Kruschev-era apartment blocks characterize these kinds of neighborhoods.
and Soviet cars:
I made more and more line drawings towards the end of my stay.
In the next few days I’ll be posting sketches from the trip, starting with the earliest and working up to the end of my stay. Although I’m not in Russia anymore, I’m still traveling without access to a scanner, so all work is going up as low-quality photos for now. Comments/criticism welcome.
Marx statue + early experiments with color and colored line
This is the church I mentioned in my first post: The Church of the Resurrection of Christ at Kadashi. The first (according to the guy I talked to) built in the Naryshkin Baroque style. It was closed during the Soviet era and is in the process of being restored. At the moment, it’s threatened by large new developments planned for the area surrounding it.
Krasnaya Oktyabr Chocolate Factory. This building used to be a famous Russian chocolate factory. Now it’s loft apartments and contemporary art galleries.
Regrettably my only drawing of the Kremlin: this is one of several towers that line the outside walls.
This sums up downtown Moscow: An old castle-like building converted into a Giorgio Armani store.
Some research notes at the Abramstevo museum of Russian crafts and decorative arts.
More Abramstevo: my first encounter with Russian wooden architecture.