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The Mausoleum

Art historian Konstantin Akinsha and Director of Grad Gallery Elena Sudakova examined the death of Lenin and its impact on Russian Design in the second Imagine Moscow lecture.

About the course

The October Revolution represents one of the most significant moments in our architectural and design history. Now one hundred years on, this lecture series explores the design and wider cultural context of that time, as well as its impact on the present.

In this lecture, Director of GRAD Gallery Elena Sudakova and curator and art historian Konstantin Akinsha examined the impact of Lenin’s death on Russian design and architecture. Focusing on Lenin’s mausoleum, the lecture examines the transformations it brought about to the role of the designer and to the nature of Soviet propaganda.

Imagine Moscow: Lectures on Russian Design is produced in association with GRAD Gallery.

Gustav Klucis Photomonage Young Guards 1924

Klucis Photomontage Young Guards 1924

Gustav Klutsis, Photomontage, lithography on paper, 1924, Ne boltai! Collection

Valentina Kulagina, To the Defence of the USSR, Poster, 1930, Ne boltai! Collection

Booking information

Adult £10, student/ concession £7.50, Members £9

For a five day priority booking period Members have access to a limited number of tickets that are available at a 10% discount before tickets go on general release.


Elena Sudakova

Elena Sudakova is founder and director of GRAD, an engaging visual and social platform that encourages creative dialogues and questions long established preconceptions of Russian and post-Soviet culture. Known best for bringing to light historical and archival materials from Russian museums, GRAD has also commissioned full scale installations in London by international contemporary artists.

Konstantin Akinsha

Konstantin Akinsha is an art historian, journalist and curator with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He has received several awards for his investigative cultural journalism and is the curator of numerous exhibitions exploring Russian Art and Design including ‘Russian Modernism: Cross Currents of German and Russian Art, 1907-1917 (Neue Galerie, New York, 2015).

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Imagine Moscow: Lectures on Russian design

An evening course exploring the history of Russian modernity, propaganda, work and play and new frontiers in Russian design.

Background image: Gustav Klucis Photomonage Young Guards 1924.