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Dwelling House of Winnie-the-Pooh

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Dwelling House of Winnie-the-Pooh

Artist: Aleksandr Savvič Brodskij (Russian, born 1955)
Artist: Ilya Utkin (Russian, born 1955)
Date: 1990
Medium: Etching on German paper
Sheet: 30 3/4 × 42 3/8 in. (78.1 × 107.6 cm.)
Plate: 23 1/4 × 32 1/4 in. (59.1 × 81.9 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., 1991.43
Accession number: 1991.43
Classification: print
In Collection(s)
Label TextBrodskij and Utkin were trained at the Moscow Architecture Institute from 1972 to 1978. As with most Soviet architects, they were unable to practice their profession due to censorship and lack of patronage and are therefore "paper architects" -- architects who create buildings solely on paper. They are also accomplished sculptors. Self-taught in etching, they create inticate, densely detailed, fantasy architecture images with narrative. Dwelling house of Winnie-the-Pooh carries the subtitle "in a big modern city." This work presents numerous sketches, ideas, cross-sections and a large elevation for the Pooh's imaginary urban home. The corresponding remarks in the etching are in English, since the artists print and publish their works in the United States. The overall density and architectural dissection of the images is allied to the architectural prints of Piranesi. Source: News, July/August 1991.
Signedl,r graphite
Inscription28/30 (l,l graphite); 1990 (l,r graphite)
Exhibition History
  • Twenty Years of Print Club Gifts, Friday, October 05, 2001 - Sunday, December 30, 2001
"Styles of the Times: The 1990's"

"City Views," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa

"Commitment, Community and Controversy: The Des Moines Art Center Collections," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 1998 - May 10, 1998
entirely unexpected