A fresh look at Soviet-era monuments

This year Moscow’s Muzeon Arts Park invited young designers and photographers to capture one of the most interesting features of the park: its sculptures.

Editor - Pavel Gazdyuk, photos - Anastasia Soboleva and Valeria Pekarskaya, Alexander Egorov, Eugene Sikov, Sasha Karelina, music - Yohan Chardey

Five different artists created a series of photographs and presented their vision of the monuments. This open-air museum is home to more than 700 sculptures created by renowned Soviet sculptors. The famous monuments to Maxim Gorky and Joseph Stalin are the pick of the bunch.

The idea of creating the park arose in 1991, after the collapse of the USSR, when the Moscow Government ordered that many monuments to Soviet Communist leaders be removed. The monuments were taken to the park at the Central House of Artists on Krymskaya Embankment.

After the reconstruction that took place in 2014, the park became the most popular place in Moscow to spend free time in the fresh air.

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