Alexander Brodsky: Little White Dog and Other Works

Department of Architecture Fall 2011 Lecture Series

Alexander Brodsky is an architect and an artist. Brodsky first studied at the Moscow Art School attached to the Academy of Arts and then the Moscow Institute of Architecture under Mikhail Turkus, Mikhail Barshch, and Grigory Barkhin. For 20 years, Brodsky worked in cooperation with Ilya Utkin producing a large body of work together. Brodsky is a former member of the group Paper Architects, which operated in Russia during the 1980s. Their work centered around a refusal to take part in state sponsored architectural production of low-quality, standardized buildings. During the 1990s Brodsky produced contemporary art, moving to New York in 1996. In 2000 he returned to Russia to finally practice freely as an architect, working out of a small office in Moscow State Museum, an indication of the regard in which he is now held in his home country. Brodsky's work is characterized by a concern with traditional building, using local materials to produce an architecture that celebrates Russian heritage while at the same time acting as a critique of the unregulated and corrupt building industry. He has taken part in more than 50 group exhibitions and is a prize winner of numerous international and Russian architectural competitions.