Talk: Owen Hatherley on the Art and Architecture of the Moscow Metro

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  • Date: 6 July 2015
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Stalin's Underground Temples

Writer Owen Hatherley will discuss architecture and urbanism in relation to the Moscow Metro. He regularly contributes to publications including Frieze, The Guardian and New Statesmen. Hatherley

"The Moscow Metro is currently being expanded, aiming to become one of the world's largest public transport networks in the next few years. It remains one of the most unusual and remarkable works of public art and architecture in history, a unique fusion of infrastructure, baroque planning, technology, propaganda and narrative. This talk will track its development from Stalinism to the present, following its achievements, brutalities and the strange persistence of its aesthetic - mere transit stations as the most opulent of palaces for the people," he says. 

Followed by refreshments.

Hatherley is a keynote speaker at the upcoming International Award for Public Art conference titled Cities in a Climate of Change, Public Art and Environmental and Social Ecologies http://iapa2015.nz/

Hatherley’s visit to New Zealand has been made possible by Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland. His talk at City Gallery Wellington  is presented in partnership with NZIA.