Steampunk alive

Steampunk aliveWorld exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

At the entrance to the hall of the Aptekarsky order we are met by a large “harmonica” camera on our feet, we read: the universal road, for the pavilion and the road, the McKelen system, is called “Acme”, just like the poetic circle of Nikolai Gumilev. Behind it, the photos of the World Exhibition of 1900 were built in the background, in the future the Eiffel Tower is visible, cardboard ladies and the gentleman with an umbrella are walking, such as were in photo studios for the entourage, mixing with the live visitors of the exhibition – the theatrical effect, albeit not too obtrusive, secured. We are immersed in the scenery of black and white photographs, made part of the play more than a hundred years ago, the heyday of imperialism, world trade, economic growth, illusions and hopes.

Any global exhibition that the Nizhny Novgorod fair, which was Parisian in 1900, recognized as the most fascinating that, for example, the recently opened biennial is always a theater and a manifesto, styles and directions are born here, and the existing ones are hypertrophied. A fairy tale, a holiday. Chronologically, the exhibition begins with the Paxton Crystal Palace, for the museum stores a stereopair with its photograph.

Steampunk aliveWorld exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

The Crystal Palace is the oldest hero of the exhibition, it was built in 1851. Further, through several more exhibitions – for example, in 1878, with the carved pseudo-Russian pavilions of Ropet and Hartmann, to which many modern ideas about the Russian hut go, or 1889, when they built the Eiffel Tower, the heroine of the same “main” exhibition of 1900 that looks here on us from all the walls.

Steampunk alive

World exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

Steampunk aliveWorld exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

Steampunk alive

World exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

At some point, from the Paris memories, the history of the Russian national style grows, even in addition to the “huts” of Ropet. For example, we learn that at an exhibition in 1900 the architect Tseidler built a pavilion of Russian alcohol, and we rejoice in the relevance of the topic. Or we see the Russia-Asia pavilion of architect Meltzer at the same exhibition, painfully similar to what the good people on Izmailovsky Island recently built. By the way, that Russian style in which the pavilion was decided, and by 1900 was already an anachronism.

Steampunk alive

World exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

Steampunk alive

World exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

In a word, the exhibition in the Aptekarsky order simultaneously guides the technology of stereo photography, old cars for shooting and viewing, and a means of studying the history of the architecture of world exhibitions, for example: “The Russian Pavilion of Ropet at the World Exhibition of 1878 became a kind of standard for Russian architects of the second half of the XIX century” , – we read in explications. And traced the line of Russian architecture and European, including the “colonial” part, the pavilion of China and so on. Of course, one could make an exhibition larger, alternately considering all material on world exhibitions, which is in the museum, with excursions into the stages of development of the national style.

Steampunk aliveWorld exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

Steampunk aliveWorld exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

Steampunk aliveWorld exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

Steampunk aliveWorld exhibition in Paris in stereopairs and photographs. Photo: Yulia Tarabarina, Archi.ru

But even so, it’s good. Especially when – with some photos boring – the story is accompanied by real stereopair browsing mechanisms and other anaglyphs, red-blue glasses, and you realize how long all this was invented and became popular, that more than a hundred years have passed, and mankind has since not much progress in the field of 3D, honestly speaking. And when we are offered a snack to see through two eyepieces on digitized stereopairs, to enjoy the effect of a picture similar to a golden luminous hologram. And in the museum shop you can buy a modern device for viewing stereopairs in the tablet. In a word, for all steampunk lovers – mustsee.

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