Authors: Agniya Sterligova, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Ksenia Nam, Alexander Larin
Graphic design: CTZN
At the end of May, the Moscow City Museum will open its doors at the Imperia Business Complex and become the first museum devoted to the history of Moscow's growth. Exhibits here will demonstrate how the city has been literally rising up to the sky, and how multi-storeyed buildings changed the face of the capital. The exposition is situated on the 56th floor, granting a breath-taking view on Moscow from its historic center to the Moscow Ring Road.
Multimedia installations presenting the city through the architecture of high rise building are positioned along the panoramic window perimeter. The Voice of the City audio installation features stories on Moscow's top places as told by comedian Gennady Khazanov, sportscaster Vasily Utkin, TV host Leonid Parfyonov, journalist Aliona Doletskaya, actresses Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė and Viktoriya Tolstoganova, and other famous residents of the capital.
The Parallel Reality multimedia object presents the city as it would have looked if the horizontal skyscrapers designed by El Lissitzky and the Palace of the Soviets by Boris Iofan had been built. It was created in cooperation with the Moscow Museum.
The central module of the exposition is devoted to the Moscow City Business Center – its creators, unique engineering solutions, and the future of skyscrapers in the area. It is a collection of curious and unlikely facts on each tower, and the exhibition also gives visitors the opportunity to see Moscow City through the eyes of its creators and residents. Central stage is given to Gota Architekton by Kazimir Malevich, a prototype for modern skyscrapers.
The temporary exhibitions space will house an 1867 Moscow photo panorama, shot from the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the highest point of the city at that time. These unique photo materials were provided by the Moscow Time Foundation.