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Screenprint - Red Tower

Red Tower

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    1986-1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avvakomov, Yuri, born 1957 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf DR84, box MP333

Yuri Avvakumov is a founding member and theorist-in-chief of a group of Russian conceptual artists called the 'Paper Architects'. This group graduated from the Moscow Architecture Institute in the early 1980s and, frustrated by the conservatism of their profession in Russia and the shortage of funds for new building, they turned instead to entering competitions sponsored by western and Japanese architectural journals, where their fantastic and unrealiseable schemes won them international acclaim. The term 'Paper Architecture' was a derogatory one applied to the unrealistic dreams of the revolutionary avant-garde of the early twentieth century, whose utopian ambitions Avvakumov parodies in Red Tower.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Russia (made)


1986-1998 (made)


Avvakomov, Yuri, born 1957 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'19/40 RED TOWER, 1986-98'
Bottom left in pencil.

Artist's signature
Signed in pencil, bottom right.


Height: 78.8 cm, Width: 53.9 cm

Descriptive line

Red Tower. Screenprint by Yuri Avvakumov, Russia, 1986-1998.

Labels and date

Yuri Avvakumov was a founding member of the Paper Architects. This was a group of young graduates from the Moscow Architecture Institute in the early 1980s. Frustrated by a lack of innovative building projects, they expressed their ideas through conceptual art instead. ‘Paper Architecture’ was the derogatory name given to the unrealistic schemes of the Russian avant-garde. Red Tower is Avvakumov’s homage to Constructivist architect and artist Vladimir Tatlin. [22/10/2016]


Ink; Paper; Printing ink


Screenprinting; Screenprint

Subjects depicted

Vedute ideate; Figures; Communism; Towers


Prints; Architecture

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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