PRINT May 1978

“Konstruktivizm” and “Kinematografiya”

ALEXEI GAN (1893–1939/40), a pioneer polemicist and practitioner in the Russian cultural vanguard of the 1920s who entered every artistic arena, was involved with architecture as a member of OSA (the Union of Contemporary Architecture founded in 1925 by proponents of the exclusively functional and constructive in building), art director of its journal, SA (Sovremennaya arkhitektura) and organizer of the First Exhibition of Modern Architecture, Moscow, 1927. The inherent properties of architecture—its immediate and inescapable impact on man and his milieu, its latent capacity for social and environmental transformation, its integration of all the arts and industry, its responsiveness to science, esthetics and technology—often accord it the position of acme in ad hoc hierarchies of Constructivist potentiality. Ironically, however, Gan himself, whose real authority rests on the authorship of

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