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A cool new monument installed at Vera Mukhina museum
« on: December 09, 2009, 12:32:11 AM »
The famous Vera Mukhina sculpture has been installed onto its new pedestal on 28th November 2009.
It was originally created in 1937 by the soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina specially for the World Fair in Paris. This 25 meters high sculptural composition was to crown a huge Soviet pavilion at the bank of Siene River in Paris, France.
The new to us sculpture is made of stainless chrome-nickel steel not a very typical material for sculptures even for extremely industrialized Soviet countries in the late 1930s. But for the words of the author its reflecting grey would allow to single the monument out of the ambient space.

A man holding a hammer and a lady with a sickle were to embody the masters of the Soviet land  labor class and collective farming. The tools they hand form the hammer and sickle symbol  state emblem of the Soviet Union.
They tried to move the monument to Moscow after the Paris World Fair finished but due to its enormous size was seriously damaged while being transported. In 1939 it was reconstructed in Moscow and installed at the Northern entrance to the All-USSR Agricultural Exhibition (now called All-Russia Exhibition Center). In 1979 the sculpture was restored.
In 2003 Moscow was one of the favorite to accept Expo 2010 so it was decided to dismantle the monument for substantial reconstruction. It was taken in 40 pieces. It was planned to be returned to its place in 2005 but after Expo 2010 was awarded to Shanghai and due to the financial problems reconstruction works were delayed and the day of the sculpture’s return was postponed several times.
Nobody knew the exact time when they are going to raise the monument, but there were some rumors a day before that it’ll be 8 a.m. It appeared to be truth and at 7.50 the huge sculpture began its way up. A unique crane that can cope with a nearly 200 tons weight was ordered especially for this event from Finland. There are only three of them in the world. The lift was very slow – about 30 minutes. That gave enough time for gapers to stand open-mouthed and to use their cell phone cameras.
At last the monument was fastened at the top of a new exhibition pavilion – an exact copy of that standing in Paris in 1937. It will accommodate [b]Vera Mukhina Museum[/b], a number of exhibition sites and a conference hall. The facade of the building is not finished yet – some decoration works are in progress. The modern restorers refused to use beautiful marble originally decorated the pavilion due to its high cost and susceptibility to low temperatures. They used granite instead of stones of 12 different tints were ordered in Italy, Kazakhstan, Turkey and China.

You can see it even when you just drive by.
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"Worker and Kolhoz Woman" Museum Opened into the monument
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2010, 01:37:45 PM »
"Worker and Kolhoz Woman" Museum Opened in the pedestal of the monument.

The updated pedestal sculpture "Worker and Kolhoz Woman" opened in Moscow eponymous museum and exhibition center. The four floors pavilion of the the museum of the sculptor Vera Mukhina and architect Boris lofan, housed inside as well as a series of exhibition halls.
The total exhibition area of the center is 3200 square meters. Museum of Mukhina and lofan located in the basement. It will contain personal items, drawings and copies of papers. The museum will also focus on the designer of welding machines Peter Lvov, who figured out how to connect different parts of the sculpture.

The three remaining floors and ramps interstorey is an exhibition space. The pavilion has already opened three exhibitions. "It's Time, Go forward!"  devoted to the cultural life of the Soviet Union in 1930. "Land of Heroes, a country of dreamers, a country of scientists" tells about the architecture and design of the 1920's - 1940's. The third exhibition, "Images of Moscow", you can see the reflection of the capital in the arts.

Sculptural group "Worker and Kolhoz Woman" was made of stainless chromium-nickel steel for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937. There it was placed on a pedestal height of 34.5 meters. In 1939, the sculpture found a place next to the Exhibition of Economic Achievements (current VDNH) in the north-east of Moscow, but placed on the 11-meter pedestal. The height of the monument itself - about 25 meters.

In 2003, the monument was dismantled for restoration. It was then decided to recreate for it the pedestal of the original size. Six years later, in December 2009, the monument returned to the scene. The restoration work cost about a billion rubles.
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Re: A cool new monument installed at Vera Mukhina museum
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2010, 09:12:26 PM »
Mukhina sculture "Worker and the collective farm girl" in its installation in 1939 in Moscow after it was on display in Paris and rebuilt.

And the new installation over the museum and eshibition halls. Stainless Steel reconstruction raised into place November, 2009.

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Mosfilm and Worker and Kolkhoz Woman
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2010, 09:42:20 PM »
Mukhina's  "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" image is the ultimate Soviet image of pride in the worker and teh Soviet dream to build the great society.  It was seen at the start of every film produced by Mosfilm until recently.

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Re: A cool new monument installed at Vera Mukhina museum
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2010, 07:27:15 PM »

If you want your wedding to weld you together for years to come, have it under the monument to the worker and the collective farm girl.
That’s the message from Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov after he opened the new museum complex beneath the iconic sculpture.
“This couple have held each other for about 70 years,” he joked at the ceremony, RIA Novosti reported.