Alexander Vesnin was born in 1883. Architect, painter and stage designer, Vesnin is considered as the foremost representative of Russian Constructivism. He studies architecture at the Institute of Civil Engineering (Saint Petersburg), and later studies painting with K. Yuon. In 1913-14 he attends Tatlin’s The Tower, where he experiments with Cubism. Vesnin works on architectural projects with his brothers Leonid and Viktor. Between1910-1916 the brothers design several public and private buildings in Russian Neoclassical style. First attracted to Suprematism, Vesnin later adopts Constructivism, claiming that art is bound to its constituent elements and to the modern technological society that emerged after the Soviet Revolution.
In 1918, he participates in the decoration of the Red Square for the celebrations of May 1st. He also begins a successful career as stage and costumes designer. His theatrical designs include dynamic elements such as elevators, wheels and conveyers. Between 1921-1924 Vesnin teaches at The Higher State Art-Technical Studios. He also works at The Institute of Artistic Culture where he meets Rodchenko. In 1921 Vesnin participates in 5 x 5 = 25 exhibition together with Rodchenko, Popova, Exter and others. In 1923-24 the Vesnin brothers design the glass office building for Leningradskaya Pravda. In 1925 Vesnin and M. Ginzburg found OSA – the Union of Contemporary Architects, highly influenced by Bauhaus Functionalism.In 1930, when the government declares a return to historicism, the Vesnin brothers call against it. Vesnin dies in Moscow 1959.
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