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Research Project

Experimental Monumentality

2019 – 2021

Falla monument by Fernando Sánchez Castillo, sent from Madrid to Moscow as part of the Ephemeral Treasures exhibition, held at the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow. A ritual burning took place on August 8, 2019.

Project Summary

This project supported an exhibition in Moscow and a related workshop in Chicago at which artists and scholars considered what to do with monuments of the past and how to build monuments for the future.

Research Team

Robert Bird

Robert Bird

Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College

University of Chicago

Robert Bird (1969 – 2020) studied the aesthetic practice and theory of Russian modernism. His first full-length book, Russian Prospero (2006), is a comprehensive study of the poetry and thought of Viacheslav Ivanov. He was also the author of two books on the filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky,...

F. Miguel Caballero Vázquez

F. Miguel Caballero Vázquez

Assistant Professor of Peninsular Studies

Northwestern University

Miguel Caballero-Vázquez is Assistant Professor of Peninsular Studies at Northwestern University. He is currently finishing his first book manuscript, tentatively entitled The Monument of Tomorrow: Conservation and Avant-Garde in the Spanish Civil War. In the context of the 1930s total...

Project Narrative

Reading List

Afinoguénova, Eugenia

The Prado. Spanish Culture and Leisure, 1819-1939 University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018 Read

Allais, Lucia

Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2018 Read

Argerich, Isabel; Ara, Judith (ed.)

Arte protegido: memoria de la Junta del Tesoro Artístico durante la Guerra Civil Madrid: Instituto de Patrimonio Histórico Español; Museo Nacional del Prado, 2003 Read

Basilio, Miriam Margarita

Visual Propaganda, Exhibitions and the Spanish Civil War New York; London: Routledge, 2016 Read

Clark, Katerina

Moscow, the Fourth Rome Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011. Read

Cohen, Jean-Louis

Architecture in Uniform. Designing and Building for the Second World War (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Canadian Center for Architecture Montréal, Québec, 12 April - 5 September, 2011). Paris: Hazan, 2011. Read

Faber, Sebastiaan

Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War: History, Fiction, Photography Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2018 Read

Herrmann, Gina

Written in Red: The Communist Memoir in Spain Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010 Read

Kirschenbaum, Lisa

International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015 Read

Mendelson, Jordana

Documenting Spain: Artists, Exhibition Culture, and the Modern Nation, 1929-1939 University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005 Read

Muñoz Rojas, Olivia

Ashes and Granite: Destruction and Reconstruction in the Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath Eastbourne; Portland: Sussex academic Press, 2011 Read

Preston, Paul

The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986 Read

Schlögel, Karl

Moscow 1937 Cambridge; Malden MA: Polity, 2016 Read

Vidler, Anthony

The Architectural Uncanny Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996 Read

Virilio, Paul; Lotringer, Sylvère

Pure War Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008 Read


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