The Royal Academy has built this exhibition around a collection of photographs taken by Richard Pare. Oddly he is given no credit apart from a small footnote. Taken in 1999 and 2000 the photos show the decayed state of many of the buildings featured.
Despite their current run down appearance what comes across is the giant strides made in Russian architecture and the arts in general, after the Revolution. However, what also comes across is the tragedy that halted this flowering in its tracks under the repression of Stalin.
Much of the architecture shows great innovation and equals much of what was happening in western Europe at approximately the same period. All in all a fascinating window on a lost culture, whose remains are gently rotting away in the shadow of greater problems facing Russia in the 21st Century.