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Neil Leach, ed., Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe , Routledge, London and New York, 1999, 238 pages, ISBN 0 41 5 13914 7. £50.

Neil Leach, ed., Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern... Reviews Neil Leach, ed., Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe, Routledge, London and New York, 1999, a potter. The girl was in love with a young man who was about abroad. Before he left she drew his profile upon a wall by tracing the outline of the go shadow of his face cast by a lamp. In Komar and Melamid's revision of the myth, entitled 'The Origin of Socialist Realism', Butade's daughter becomes a semi-naked and left-handed Muse of Painting who leans across a seated Josef Stalin in order to inscribe his silhouette upon a classical plinth. The sense of patriarchy and sexual claustrophobia in the scene is intense: the elderly uniformed figure takes the place of the youth; his 'fatherly' pipe stands in for the warrior's sword, but ironically Stalin is not about to leave. If there is a departure here, Komar and Melamid seem to say, it is the separation of the actual body from the idealised image of the leader which then becomes the founding moment of the programme of Socialist Realism, the shadowy presence to which all its manifestations point. Significantly, in this scene the Muse of Painting herself casts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Neil Leach, ed., Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe , Routledge, London and New York, 1999, 238 pages, ISBN 0 41 5 13914 7. £50.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 11 (11): 91 – Jan 1, 2000

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Reviews Neil Leach, ed., Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe, Routledge, London and New York, 1999, a potter. The girl was in love with a young man who was about abroad. Before he left she drew his profile upon a wall by tracing the outline of the go shadow of his face cast by a lamp. In Komar and Melamid's revision of the myth, entitled 'The Origin of Socialist Realism', Butade's daughter becomes a semi-naked and left-handed Muse of Painting who leans across a seated Josef Stalin in order to inscribe his silhouette upon a classical plinth. The sense of patriarchy and sexual claustrophobia in the scene is intense: the elderly uniformed figure takes the place of the youth; his 'fatherly' pipe stands in for the warrior's sword, but ironically Stalin is not about to leave. If there is a departure here, Komar and Melamid seem to say, it is the separation of the actual body from the idealised image of the leader which then becomes the founding moment of the programme of Socialist Realism, the shadowy presence to which all its manifestations point. Significantly, in this scene the Muse of Painting herself casts

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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