Clem Cecil, founder and trustee of MAPS is giving a talk on Russian avant garde architect Konstantin Melnikov at The Pushkin Club, 5a Bloomsbury Square on Tuesday 20 February 2007. Doors will open at 7 and the talk will begin at 7.30. It costs £3 for members and £4 for non. Call 020 7269 9770 to book at ticket.
"Ahead of its time and also behind it," was the criticism levelled at Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov on the completion of his house, designed and built for himself and his family in Moscow in 1929. Melnikov, son of a peasant, shot to fame in the 20s only to be reviled and isolated in the 30s. He spent most of the rest of his life sketching architectural fantasies in his cylindrical home. Now the future of the house is being decided. The house is the story of 20th century Russia from pre to post revolution.