2011-2020Dimitri VenkovExperimentalRussiaShort Film

Dimitri Venkov – The Hymns of Muscovy (2018)

To tell a history through architecture and music, the film matches the styles of Moscow’s 20th- and 21st-century buildings with electronic variations of the Soviet and Russian national anthem. The juxtaposition captures an aesthetic evolution driven by the evolution of ideology.


Turning Moscow upside down is no simple trick in Dimitri Venkov’s awesome short, the third highlight we’re showing directly from Oberhausen’s International Competition. Its survey of Soviet architecture is monumental yet alien, a city symphony (set to the Soviet anthem) rendered concrete—yet unreal.


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