Presentation on the artist's website :
"The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw – less and less a symbol of Stalinist domination, more and more an icon of the city. It evokes strong emotions all the while remaining largely unexplored, and as such a tad alien.
At the time of planning, in 1952, the monumental structure was intended to transform the scale of Warsaw cityscape. The skyscrapers that now cluster to the west of the Palace compete with the building. Nonetheless, due to vast and empty parade grounds surrounding it, the Palace towers over Warsaw thus far unthreatened. After 1989 its demolition was repeatedly debated, albeit never seriously considered. In 2007 the building was finally listed.
The Palace was erected in the years 1952-55 by 3,500 Soviet builders on the bombed 19th century quarters in the city centre. The bulk of construction costs was covered by the Soviet government. Lev Rudnev, the Palace's chief designer, modelled the project on the Stalinist « Seven Sisters » skyscrapers in Moscow, themselves inspired by American architecture.
-- Agnieszka Rasmus-Zgorzelska"
We are offering the English edition of this book, but we have one copy of the Polish edition (with a different cover - see images). If you wish to receive the copy in Polish, please DO LET US KNOW as the English edition will be shipped by default.
Jacek Fota was the first photographer to gain access to photograph the immense building of the "Palace of Culture and Science" in Warsaw.
An interesting review of this book is available on the blog "who needs another photo blog".
NB : English edition of 400 copies, only 150 for sale (Polish edition : 700 copies)
112 pages - Hardcover
Fundacja Centrum Architektury, 2015 (400 copies)
New - Mint condition
Warning: Last books in stock!