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Frankfurt, Germany: Exhibition on Design for the Soviet Space Program

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27 June – 15 November 2015
Guided tours: Saturday and Sunday 16:00

Address:
Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Archiv, Plan- und Modellsammlung
Hedderichstraße 108-110
60596 Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

Design for the cabinet of the space station Mir, final version interior design (1980) \\ © Archiv Galina Balaschowa
Design for the cabinet of the space station Mir, final version interior design (1980) \\ © Archiv Galina Balaschowa

This monographic exhibition on the oeuvre of Russian architect Galina Balashova presents a unique collection of design proposals for the Soviet cosmonautical program: plans and construction drawings for Soyuz capsules and for the Salyut and Mir space stations. Balashova acted as a consultant for the Buran program, the Soviet counterpart to the US space shuttle. With her search for harmony and beauty, Galina Balashova lent the high-tech world of booster rockets, laboratories and life-support systems an emotional touch. We therefore have Balashova’s talent to thank for adding an important, rich chapter to construction history: cosmonautic architecture. Her extraordinary artistic oeuvre, and it includes designs for medals and awards, is to date hardly known inside Russia. Let Galina Balashova whisk you away into a world of architecture where gravity has been replaced by weightlessness.

To accompany the exhibition, DOM publishers has brought out a monograph in German and English.

Source: http://www.dam-online.de/portal/en/Collection/Start/0/0/0/0/1851.aspx

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Nina Horvath has studied at the University of Vienna. Her mother tongue is German. She is a keen author of short stories and published over two dozens in zines and anthologies. Her favourite genre is science-fiction. She had also been editor of the short story collections "Die Schattenuhr", "Metamorphosen - Auf den Spuren H.P. Lovecrafts" and "Darwins Schildkröte". In 2012 she won the awards "Vincent Preis" for the best horror anthology and the "Deutscher Phantastik Preis" for the best fantastic short story. (This one was also 3rd at the "DSFP" for the best science-fiction story.)

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