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April 3, 2021, 09:04

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A team of builders on the construction of residential buildings on Kalinin Avenue. Photo by G. Korabelnikov. 1960s. Main Archive of Moscow

Pictures of the capital were seen in 30 foreign cities.

In the 1960s, it was considered important in the Soviet Union to work on an attractive image of the country, as well as Moscow, in the eyes of foreign citizens. It was for this that in 1967 a photo exhibition “Moscow” was opened in foreign capitals. The evidence of the preparation of the exposition was preserved in the fund of the Mossovet in Glavarchiv.

Formally, the exhibition was timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Soviet power, but the objectives of the event were much broader. First of all, the exposition was supposed to demonstrate the development and achievements of the USSR, and Moscow at the exhibition had to be presented as a modern developing city with a rich cultural heritage.

By May 1, 1967, the Main Architectural and Planning Department had selected the material that most vividly reflected the development of Moscow. At the same time, the Moscow City Council prepared the necessary reference materials. The work was completely completed by September 1.

The exposition includes more than 100 photographs, diagrams, diagrams and texts. All these materials were supposed to demonstrate the development and achievements of the city’s economy. The exhibition was conceived as a gift to foreign countries and was prepared for simultaneous display in 30 cities. The accompanying text for the photo exhibition has been translated into English, German, French and Spanish. The brochure “Moscow” with a circulation of 150 thousand copies was published in the same languages.

The exhibition was held only in foreign countries. It took place in such western cities as Helsinki, Stockholm, Paris, London. Thanks to this exposition, foreign visitors were able to get acquainted with the achievements of the capital in the field of industry, construction, transport and other industries, as well as take a fresh look at Moscow.

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You can view the documents of the Glavarkhiv about the exhibition in the reading room at 80 Profsoyuznaya Street. It is open on Mondays from 09:30 to 16:30, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 20:00, on Fridays from 09 : 30 to 15:00. In the reading room, the necessary sanitary requirements are observed: tables are located at a great distance from each other, disinfection is regularly carried out in the room. Visitors are required to bring a mask and gloves.

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