Metro - Electric palaces

Author: Maria Mushtrieva (on 15 Jul 2016)
Socialist realism in architecture finds its best implementation in Moscow's metro.  
Palaces-like metro stations, lit by electric light, spacious and grand, create the illusion of the utopia have been already achieved. 

Metro Station in Moscow - electric palaces - photo by yeowatzup /

That is what the agenda of socialist art is. It needs to be: relevant to the workers and understandable to them, depicting scenes of everyday life of the people, supportive of the aims of the State and the Party, and realistic in the representational sense (no deformations: just perfect bodies of perfect humans). 
Guards at Metro Station Ploschad Revolutsii - photo by Kyle Taylor /
Based on these foundations, socialist realism constructs a fiction of "it will has been" -  masking the future as a near past. Clearly, it wasn't such an easy task: to trick a soviet citizen to believe that the life is great. 
But this is the power of images. 
Going to work in Moscow Metro - photo by Leon Yaakov /
Now the marble turned yellow, benches held the weight of millions butts, yet the mosaics and portraits are still working somehow, lurking into the subconsciousness of the Russians from the murals. Only tourists can see them. To the locals they have became invisible - as it often happens with propaganda. 
Mosaics in Moscow Metro "Peace" - photo by Bernt Rostad /


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