Book Tour: Palace complex: a stalinist skyscraper, capitalist Warsaw and a city transfixed, by Michal Murawski
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The Palace of Culture and Science is a massive Stalinist skyscraper that was “gifted” to Warsaw by the Soviet Union in 1955. Framing the Palace’s visual, symbolic, and functional prominence in everyday life as a sort of obsession, locals joke that their city suffers from a “Palace of Culture complex.” In his book that takes this “complex” as its title, Michal Murawski traces the skyscraper’s powerful impact on twenty-first-century Warsaw; on its architectural and urban landscape; on its political, ideological, and cultural lives; and on the bodies and minds of its inhabitants. Palace Complex explores Warsaw’s Palace as a still-socialist building in a post-socialist city, asking: how has it endured?
Michal Murawski is an anthropologist of architecture and art based at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where he is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Critical Area Studies. His work focuses on the complex social lives of monumental buildings and on the architecture and planning of East European communism. He is especially interested in the powerful – and subversive – impacts that communist-era architectures, infrastructures and aesthetics continue to exert on the capitalist cities of the twenty-first century.
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 3pm
CCA Bookstore (1920, rue Baile, Montreal)
Michal Murawski will present his book in conversation with Anna Kats, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Peter Sealy, Lecturer at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:15pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St, New York)
Michal Murawski will present his book in conversation with Reinhold Martin, Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Planning and Preservation, and Malgorzata Mazurek, Associate Professor of Polish Studies.