CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

I recently got a chance to read Frédéric Chaubin’s CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed, the source of most of the pictures of Communist architecture I talked about here. Most of the book features Brezhnev-era concrete utopias that could only have been built in a state that had a central authority to plan its circuses (SoyuzGosTsirk). But I can see that I need to rethink the chronology of memorial development too: CCCP is full of striking modern monuments like the Genocide Memorial at Yerevan (1967), the Monument to the Battle of Bash-Aparan (1979), and Alfonsae Ambraziunas’s memorial sculpture at the Ninth Fort in Kaunas (1983), none of which would look out of place today.

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