THE SHABOLOVKA TOWER MODEL
reconstructed by Henry Milner
GRAD, together with the Shukhov Tower Foundation, are pleased to present a unique opportunity to preview the reconstruction of the iconic Shabolovka Radio Tower by model maker Henry Milner. Commissioned by the Shukhov Tower Foundation for the Science Museum’s new Information Age gallery, the model will be on display at GRAD for a limited time.
Located in Moscow, the original 160-meter-high structure was designed by engineer Vladimir Shukhov and remains an iconic feature of the city’s skyline. The tower’s completion in 1922 was hailed as a landmark in architectural history, drawing comparisons to the work of Gustave Eiffel and attracting the photographic prowess of Aleksandr Rodchenko. Milner’s six-part scale model will give UK audiences a rare chance to appreciate first-hand the remarkable geometry, intricate latticework and inherent beauty of the structure’s design. Complementing the display will be digital prints illustrating the workings of the model making process and a selection of historical photographs.
Despite its iconic status the tower currently faces demolition and an appeal to save it is supported by an array of prominent architects, engineers and arts professionals including Rem Koolhaas, Sir Nicholas Serota and Lord Norman Foster. The preview of the Shabolovka Tower model at GRAD will emphasise not just the importance of the tower to Russian culture but also Shukhov’s invaluable contribution to the history of design on an international level.
GRAD: Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain
Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain examines the changing face of Soviet design from the 1917 Revolution to Perestroika. The exhibition brings together over fifty key objects featuring the quirky, colourful and often charming design style that emerged from the 1950s in the Soviet Union. The preceding period, bound by more severe, functional principles, is examined through models and photographs from the famous ZIL factory, which produced both armoured trucks and domestic appliances. Curated by GRAD’s Elena Sudakova and Alexandra Chiriac, the exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Moscow Design Museum and ZIL.
GRAD is a pioneering institution that brings new insights into Russian art, design and culture to international audiences through exhibitions, publications, live events, collaborations and digital engagement. Our purpose is to share our specialist knowledge in ways that capture the imagination, inspire creativity and spark new ideas.