2021 Golden Trezzini Set Design Competition

Prizes and certificates for innovation in architecture have been awarded to projects in Italy, Israel and the United States.

Event Date:

November 2021

Winners of the Lazar Khidekel Prize awarded at 2021 Golden Trezzini ceremony (via goldtrezzini.ru)

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Since 2020, within the framework of the Golden Trezzini Awards, special Lazar Khidekel Prize for the Best Innovative Architectural Project has been awarded. The prize is named after an outstanding Russian Suprematist architect and established by the Lazar Khidekel Society, a partner of the Golden Trezzini Awards and their official representative in the United States.

In 2021, two projects were awarded with the Lazar Khidekel Prize. Mirvita Freespace centre in Apulia, Italy, was designed on the initiative of Prof. Donato di Gaetano. It is a cutting-edge polyfunctional and transdisciplinary public building and facilities, a space open to other spaces where ArtScienceHumanism merges in a stimulating environment. The encounter among creativity, architecture, science, native vines is the foundation of a project born in a territory once center of the world civilization. Lights and shadows, sounds and silences help to perceive the Beauty and Harmony of Nature. Local construction materials are combined with innovation through audacious technological structures.

Another winner of the Lazar Khidekel Prize this year is the AERONOVA project. It is the concept of an eco-friendly city in Jordan river valley, Israel, designed by the architect Mikhail Lobovikov. The city is planned in the air above the surface to preserve the unique landscape and to provide naturally improved climate conditions in the city’s desert environment — shadow, air circulation, lower heat emission, etc. Planning concept is based on low-density residential clusters above the ground, that include all necessary services for inhabitants: education, health care, supplies and recreation. All the services are planned inside the structures holding the housing units. Advanced public transportation network includes “aero-metro” tube for in-city communications, running under the hanging structure, and underground main road network for supplies delivery and destinations outside the city. The city concept implements advanced recyclable construction materials to allow easy renovation of its buildings, if needed.

Besides, a special certificate of the Lazar Khidekel Prize was awarded to Zproekt studio, US, for the Element residential complex built in Brooklyn. The eight-storey mixed-use development comprises of 47,800 GSF including many amenities such as gym, areas with fully functional workspaces for the residents, and a private large outdoor elevated recreational park.

To qualify for the Lazar Khidekel Prize, Golden Trezzini Awards nominees do not need to submit separate applications. Any nominee who has applied in one of the architectural categories, including those for students, can be presented the special prize. Every year, the laureates are determined by a special expert council of the Lazar Khidekel Society, which includes a number of jury members of the Golden Trezzini Awards.

Lazar Khidekel (1904—1986) was a prominent representative of the Russian Avant-garde, one of the first Supremacist architects. According to Khidekel’s manifesto “AERO” (1920), the most important task of the new architecture is to overcome the contradictions between development of the civilization and the environment. Exhibitions of Lazar Khidekel’s works took place at the Guggenheim Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Belarus National Arts Museum, and many others.

The Lazar Khidekel Society is a nonprofit organization, established by the family of Lazar Khidekel and a group of distinguished art historians, museum specialists, and art supporters under the auspices of the Russian American Cultural Center (RACC) in New York.

The Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design, established in 2018, are named after Domenico Trezzini (1670—1734), Russian architect of Swiss origin, the first architect of St. Petersburg. The aim of the Awards is turning the most artistically valuable architectural, design, restoration, scenography, and exhibition projects into museum objects. The best projects by competitors are added to the collection of the Architectural Graphics Fund of the Museum of St. Petersburg History and take part in an annual exhibition “Architecture as Art”. The Honourary Chairman of the International Council of the Awards is Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage. 

The winners of 2021 Golden Trezzini Awards were announced on November 15 at the Hermitage Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia. Applications for the 5th International Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design will be open in Q1 2022.

The General Partner of the Golden Trezzini Awards is LAUFEN. The General Museum Partner is the State Museum of St. Petersburg History. The Strategic museum partner is the State Russian Museum. The Official partner of the Awarding ceremony is Setl Group. The Strategic partner of the Awarding ceremony is Etalon Group. The Official car partner is AVANGARD. Partner of a category is Lenstroytrest Group. Partner of a special category is IMISP. The System partner is RBI. Special partner of the awarding is Zavod Sloistyh Plastikov. Special partners are Nency company, Meltzer Group, MADE, Laminam, and Contract Interiors. The independent auditor is Borenius Attorneys Russia Ltd. To see the full list of the Awards partners please check https://www.goldtrezzini.ru/en/partners2021/.

For the first time ever the Golden Trezzini will be presented for the Best Theatre Set in 2021

In 2021, the Awards has set up some new nominations and special prizes. One of them is the Best Implemented Theatre Set Design.

The art of theatre set is almost as old as the theatrics itself. This sphere of creation is highly specific and is used to recreate the performance location – which is nothing less than depicting a whole world, either real or unreal, with available material means. A stage artist with a knowledge of perspective, proportions, and monumental shapes is always something of an architect, even if the stage set features not an urban street or interior but some green scenery. The converse is also true – architects can comprehend themselves as stage artists, taking whoever watches their designs for the theatre audience. This association is more than anywhere pertinent in St. Petersburg, a stage-managed city, where street layout and centerpieces follow a certain dramatic concept.

“Acting to Peter the Great’s bidding, first St. Petersburg architect Domenico Trezzini designed the new imperial capital as an enormously large theatre set for Russia is Europe performance,” says Pavel Chernyakov, Chairman of the Arrangements Committee for the Golden Trezzini Awards. After that, Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, and Andrey Beliy fixed St. Petersburg’s image of a stage set in their literary works. That’s why the organizers of the Awards commemorating the first architect of St. Petersburg thought that the time had come to establish a new nomination – the Best Implemented Theatre Set Design.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to draw attention to scenography, whose traditions are especially strong in Russia and have influenced the development of art and theatre throughout the world,” said Regina Khidekel, art historian and expert on Russian avant-garde and contemporary art, founder of the Russian-American Cultural Center and the Lazar Khidekel Society, and member of the Golden Trezzini jury since 2020. “Back in my student years at the Academy of Arts, scenography gave me the opportunity to explore the work of avant-garde artists who contributed to Sergey Diaghilev's ballets, the Kamerny Theatre, and the Meyerhold Theatre. To this day, I am proud that in 1972 I published an article in the Iskusstvo magazine, in which for the first time after decades of silence the names of Alexandra Exter, Alexander Vesnin and Georgiy Yakulov were resurrected – the ones that managed to transfer Cubofuturistic paintings to 3D stage sets and costumes, providing tremendously remarkable impact of the avant-garde development throughout art and architecture. Since then, I have continued to engage in contemporary scenography, which was much more advanced than any other form of Soviet art. Soviet scenography was to a certain extent phenomenal, and it is no coincidence that it received international recognition and was awarded at international exhibitions and festivals.”

According to Regina Khidekel, scenography as a dynamic interaction between art, architecture and design attracted the most important artists throughout the history of the theatre, but thanks to Sergei Diaghilev’s artistic vision, theatrical decoration was transformed into contemporary art, and in addition to the ability to fully express his innovative vision, the artist received a huge audience and a space to experiment. It was in Diaghilev’s scenery that the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich first appeared in 1913 – for Victory over the Sun, which marked the birth of Suprematism. In 1920, teachers and students of the Vitebsk Art Institute (in particular, Vera Ermolaeva and Lazar Khidekel) came to explore the basics of this trend in their play.

A similar case is that the Meyerhold Theatre has become a construction site where Constructivism was born in the oeuvre of Lyubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko, and Varvara Stepanova. “Maurice Cocteau said that Picasso, Gris, de Chirico, and Derain would never have worked in the theater if Diaghilev had not brought them there. The reforms initiated by Diaghilev changed the theater of the 20th century and gave Russia the name of a theatrical power,” says Regina Khidekel.

According to the Awards Arrangements Committee, entries for the Best Implemented Theatre Set Design nomination along with other nominations of the Golden Trezzini Awards 2021 are accepted at www.goldtrezzini.ru till October 1 inclusively.

Besides the basic nominations, several participants will be selected to get a special Lazar Khidekel Prize. The Lazar Khidekel Society, partner to the Golden Trezzini Awards, will reward authors of the boldest architectural projects. Projects from across the globe can be submitted as long as they have been implemented after January 1, 2019. Participation is free of charge. The Awarding Ceremony for the winners will take place in the Mikhailovsky Theatre in November.

The best projects by the Awards winners will take part in an annual Architecture as Art exhibition at the Peter and Paul Fortress and added to the collection of the Museum of St. Petersburg History.

Photo: Stage set designed by Lyubov Popova for Vsevolod Meyerhold‘s The Magnificent Cuckold, 1922. Reconstruction in the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014. Source: www.artsy.net

The General Partner of the Awarding Ceremony is the Mikhailovsky Theatre. The General Museum Partner is the State Museum of St. Petersburg History. The independent auditor is Borenius Attorneys Russia Ltd. To see a full list of the Awards partners please check https://www.goldtrezzini.ru/en/partners2021/.

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В 2021 году на конкурсе «Золотой Трезини» появилось несколько новых номинаций и специальных призов. В их числе – номинация «Лучший реализованный проект театральной декорации».

Искусство театральной декорации – практически такое же древнее, как само искусство театра. Этот очень специфический вид творчества призван в комплексе воссоздать место действия постановки, то есть, ни много ни мало, доступными материальными средствами изобразить целый мир, правдоподобный или фантастический. В художнике сцены, с его умением работать с перспективой, пропорциями, монументальными формами, всегда много от архитектора, даже если создаваемая им декорация изображает не городскую улицу или интерьер, а, к примеру, природный ландшафт. И наоборот, архитектор вполне может осмыслить себя как театрального художника, а того, кто будет созерцать его сооружение, – как зрителя в зале. Больше, чем где-либо, эта ассоциация актуальна в таком «срежиссированном» городе как Санкт-Петербург, где планировка улиц и расстановка доминант подчинены своей драматургии.

«Воплощая замысел Петра Великого, первый архитектор Петербурга Доменико Трезини проектировал новую имперскую столицу как гигантскую театральную декорацию спектакля под условным названием “Россия – это Европа”, — говорит председатель оргкомитета конкурса «Золотой Трезини» Павел Черняков. – А литературное закрепление образа Петербурга как декорации взяли на себя Пушкин, Гоголь, Достоевский и Андрей Белый. Именно поэтому организаторы конкурса имени первого архитектора Северной столицы сочли логичным учреждение новой номинации “Лучший реализованный проект театральной декорации”».

«Я очень рада возможности привлечь внимание к сценографии, чьи традиции особенно сильны в России и оказали влияние на развитие искусства и театра во всем мире, – говорит Регина Хидекель, историк искусства и эксперт по русскому авангарду и современному искусству, основатель Русско-американского культурного центра и Общества Лазаря Хидекеля, член жюри «Золотого Трезини» с 2020 года. – Я благодарна сценографии, которая со студенческих лет в Академии художеств, дала единственную в то время возможность исследовать творчество художников авангарда, связанных с балетом Сергея Дягилева, Камерным театром и театром Мейерхольда. По сей день я горжусь, что в 1972 году опубликовала в журнале “Искусство” статью, в которой впервые после десятилетий молчания были воскрешены имена А. Экстер, А. Веснина, Г. Якулова, которые “перевели” живопись кубофутуризма в трехмерные формы сценического пространства и костюма, что оказало огромное влияние на развитие авангарда во всех сферах искусства и архитектуры. С тех пор я продолжала писать о современной сценографии, которая развивалась в контексте мирового искусства и была намного более продвинутой, чем любая другая форма советского искусства. Советская сценография — это был своего рода феномен, и не случайно она получила всеобщее признание и награды на международных театральных выставках и фестивалях».

Как объясняет Регина Хидекель, сценография как динамическое взаимодействие между искусством, архитектурой и дизайном привлекала ведущих художников на протяжении всей истории театра, но благодаря художественному видению Дягилева театральная декорация трансформировалось в современное искусство, и художник, помимо способности полностью выражать свое новаторское видение, получил огромную аудиторию и пространство для эксперимента. Так, «Черный квадрат» Малевича появился именно в его декорациях к постановке «Победы над Солнцем» в 1913 году, которая отметила рождение супрематизма и вскоре стала предметом изучения принципов этого течения в постановке 1920 года, над которой работали педагоги и ученики Витебского художественного училища, в частности Вера Ермолаева и Лазарь Хидекель.

Аналогичный пример: театр Мейерхольда стал строительной площадкой для зарождения конструктивизма в творчестве его художников Л. Поповой, А. Родченко, В. Степановой. «Морис Кокто заявил, что Пикассо, Грис, де Кирико, Дерен никогда не работали бы в театре, если бы Дягилев не привел их туда, – отмечает Регина Хидекель. – Инициированные Дягилевым реформы изменили театр XX века и присвоили России имя театральной державы».

Как уточнили в оргкомитете конкурса, прием онлайн-заявок на участие в номинации «Лучший реализованный проект театральной декорации», как и в других номинациях конкурса «Золотой Трезини-2021», открыт на сайте www.goldtrezzini.ru до 1 октября включительно.

Помимо победителей в основных номинациях, по итогам конкурса будет выбрано несколько обладателей специальной Премии Лазаря Хидекеля. Награды вручит Общество Лазаря Хидекеля, партнер «Золотого Трезини», авторам наиболее смелых инновационных архитектурных проектов. Принять участие могут проекты из всех стран мира, реализованные после 1 января 2019 года. Участие бесплатное. Победителей наградят в ноябре на Гала-вечере в Михайловском театре.
Лучшие проекты участников «Золотого Трезини» пополнят собрание Государственного музея истории Санкт-Петербурга и будут экспонироваться на ежегодной выставке «Архитектура как искусство» в Петропавловской крепости.

Генеральный партнер церемонии награждения – Михайловский театр. Генеральный музейный партнер – Государственный музей истории Санкт-Петербурга. Независимый аудитор – Borenius Attorneys Russia Ltd. Все партнеры конкурса: https://goldtrezzini.ru/partners2021/.

На фото: театральная установка, сконструированная Любовью Поповой для спектакля В. Мейерхольда «Великодушный рогоносец», 1922 г. Реконструкция в Музее современного искусства «Гараж», 2014 г. Источник: www.artsy.net

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