Mikhail Karasik. The Palace of Soviets

St Petersburg, 2006. 210 × 435 mm

The Palace of Soviets. Design competition, recalls the Soviet Tower of Babel. It was to be the highest building in the world, celebrating the power of the Soviet Union but turned out to be only another example of human arrogance. Karasik has dredged up its story from the murky waters of Soviet history. In this album he shows us the Stalinist Atlantis in 17 coloured lithographs on white Rives paper. Combined with 3 sheets of introduction and the title pages, these are bound in an aluminium covered book, printed in offset within a paper covered cardboard slipcase. The album was printed in a 15 copy edition.