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Bloomsbury pavilion remembers poets sent into exile by Russian Revolution

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A temporary pavilion designed by Russian architect and artist Alexander Brodsky to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution has opened in London’s Bloomsbury Square Gardens

Brodsky worked with executive architects Robin Partington & Partners and volunteers from the Architectural Association and RCA on the train carriage-inspired installation dedicated to the Russian poets who were driven into exile following the 1917 revolution.

The steel-framed structure is called 101st km – Further, Everywhere highlighting the distance poets and others were forced to stay from major cities – an exclusion zone that kept them out of mainstream life.

Commissioned by Pushkin House, the Bloomsbury-based charity dedicated to showcasing Russian culture in London, the pavilion features images of railway tracks and poems hung on its walls by 20 poets who were either in internal exile or who emigrated.

101km brodsky sketch

101km brodsky sketch

A spokesperson for Pushkin House said: ’Brodsky is giving a home to those made homeless by the Revolution, by housing their poems – their humanity despite the odds – and remembering them. Through this installation, Pushkin House and Brodsky recognises the Russian language as a refuge. A travelling homeland that is still on the move.

’The second part of the title refers to the poetic and mysterious announcement heard on local trains leaving from Moscow, a general denominator for calling points after the centre of the city, that conjures up the vast expanses of Russia, and the rest of the world beyond its borders – wherever the exiled is forced to go.’

The pavilion will be open everyday after 11am until 10 November. Entry is free.

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