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1937 to 2010: Communist sculpture from one fair to the other

In 1937, at the "Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne" in Paris, the Soviet pavilion facing its nazi counterpart was crowned with a 25 meter tall stainless steel statue created by Vera Mukhina called "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman".

The Soviet pavillion on the right of the Eiffel Tower in 1937

After the Paris fair Worker and Kolkhoz Woman was relocated to Moscow where it was placed just outside the "All-Russian Exhibition Centre", a permanent general-purpose trade show in Moscow.

The sculpture was removed for restoration in the autumn of 2003 in preparations for Expo 2010. It was planned to return in 2005, but because the World's Fair 2010 was not awarded to Moscow but to Shanghai, the restoration process was hampered by financial problems. As of May 2007, the sculpture is still under restoration, and plans are under way to return the statue to its original location by 2008.

The dismanteled sculpture nowadays

More pictures of the dismanteled monument here.

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1 Responses to “1937 to 2010: Communist sculpture from one fair to the other”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    great sculpture
    great post
    see hayes peoples history blog
    for official 1937 discription of the Soviet pavilion  

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