“Galina Balashova: Architect of the Soviet Space Programme” at DAM Frankfurt

This monographic exhibition on the oeuvre of the Russian architect Galina Balashova whisks away visitors into a world of architecture where gravity has been replaced by weightlessness.

 

Typography design for the Mir space station (1980) \\ © Archiv Galina Balaschowa

Typography design for the Mir space station (1980) \\ © Archiv Galina Balaschowa

 

Deutsches Architekturmuseum presents a unique collection of designs for Soviet cosmonautics, including plans and engineering drawings for Soyuz capsules and the space stations Salyut and Mir. Balashova worked as a consultant to the Buran programme, the Soviet counterpart to the American Space Shuttle. Striving for both harmony and beauty, the architect strikes an emotional chord in the high-tech world that includes carrier rockets, laboratories and survival equipment. It is therefore owing to Balashova’s talent that an important chapter has been added to Soviet architectural history: Architecture for Cosmonautics. Her exceptional creative work, including designs for medals and emblems, is still scarcely known today – even in Russia. Allow yourself to be transported by Galina Balashova into a world of architecture in which the forces of gravity give way to anti-gravity. (more…)