37 Mosfilm Monument

Mosfilm Monument

Posted on January 28, 2007 by

mosfilm monument

This was a big epic monument, a sybmol of Russian sculpture.

It was made in 1937 by a woman sculptor.

More than 60 ft (20 metres) tall, made of steel.

It was also used in "Mosfilm" movie leading Soviet making company.

mosfilm monument

These days it stands disassembled.

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37 Responses to “Mosfilm Monument”

  1. Russ says:

    That’s a great shame. Someone should fix it up.

  2. Hollandski Hollandski says:

    The guy who posed for this statue had obviously just cut his fingernails, considering the 4th picture. Or was he a nail-biter?

  3. Bishop Brennan says:

    It may have been impressive, but it was a symbol of far left Communism. Good riddens to bad news.

  4. nickdrj says:

    Anyone know what city this broken monument is in? Dare I say Moscow?

  5. Vernadotte says:

    Judging from the clock tower it’s Moscow, unless the Mosfilm logo was shopped back in the day.

    Anyway, that’s pretty sad. I hope they have plans to fix it up and reassemble it sometime in the future. Or are they just going to let the pieces sit there indefinitely?

  6. Acts_of_Atrocity says:

    This is “Рабочий и Колхозница” (Labourer and Kolkhoz Woman), it was built for 1937 International Exhibition in Paris.

    It was dismantled in 2004 (photos are 3 years old) because of detoriation of internal iron frame and supporting monument. The future of this sculpture is uncertain for now, it is planned to rebuild it with new hull as part of main building of new exhibition complex – with design comparable to one of Paris 1937 exhibition, with sculpture raised to 60 meters from ground. The project scheduled date of completion is 2010.

  7. Traveller says:

    So it was disassembled for a good reason…to repair or at least prevent the destruction of the Statue due to crumbling internal frame.

    It is a remarkable piece of work…I’d hate to see it lost forever. Best Wishes, Traveller

  8. bogesz says:

    I guess it wasn’t steel but bronze. but correct me if I’m wrong. Normally statues are not made of steel…

  9. katjusha says:

    this is one of the greatest monuments from 20th century regardless of its political background. it looks so grandiose . i know it is totally different time and idea, but somehow it reminds me of old antic greek sculptures.

  10. briank says:

    That is amazing.

  11. illlich says:

    Soviet scupture all seemed similar– note the similarity to the Motherland (Rodina) statue in Volgograd (which is a much better piece of art, in my opinion). “Neo-classicism” is the idea, trying to harken back to some golden age of scupture, personally I think the other styles of Soviet scupture were more distinctive– the “chiseled” look of some of the World War 2 monuments.

    The only problem (albeit a major one) with “far left communism” was that it never lived up to it’s own ideals– remember, communism was supposed to be a democratic movement (it was the communist East Germany who’s name was “DEMOCRATIC Republic of Germany”, for example– if only they had stayed true to their name). On paper communism has much in common with the words of Christ: “it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven” and “I was hungry and ye fed me not. . . that which ye do unto the least of these my bretheren ye do unto me.” Marx was a fool to dismiss religion as an “opiate of the people.”

  12. Texas1 says:


    It’s probably at type of stainless steel. Stainless steel doesn’t corrode or rust. It doesn’t look like bronze to me.

  13. illlich says:

    I guess these were taken down as much for damage as for the fact that they are holding a hammer and sickle– maybe reinstall them with tennis raquets instead.

  14. Python says:

    Far leftism is not something that bothers me at all

    illich you are quite spot on in your analysis. However, the words of Christ, do not neccesserily have that much to do with the modern Christian churches, which all of course fiercly opposed any worker control of production, believing that countries are best run by those ‘appointed by god’ (kings, emporers, etc…). The later is what Marx was refering to.

  15. jcp says:

    With monuments like this, who needs a magnetron oven? Or a full set of wheels.

  16. maxD says:

    Nice pictures. Impressive monument. Should be restored ASAP.

  17. maxD says:

    The nasty / chilly climate is illustrated by the womans erect nipples, I guess… ?

  18. eye says:

    Long fingernails are a sign of decadence of course. That’s why people grow their nails long, to show others that they don’t have to do manual labour.

    I don’t know much on the subject but this form of art is directly a result of Stalinist ideaology:

    “It demands of the artist the truthful, historically concrete representation of reality in its revolutionary development.”

    Lovely photos, I’d love to see the real thing up close.


  19. Graham Bell (in snow-free northern Australia) says:

    Regardless of politics and the symbols of politics – this is one of the world’s great works of art and I look forward to its restoration

  20. [...] This epic monument of Mosfilm (Russian Motion Picture) now apparently lies in ruins. It was a very tall (22 meter) monument. It’s a shame Russians couldn’t protect this heritage of theirs. During my childhood I watched lots of movies produced by Mosfilm. [...]

  21. Monsyne Dragon says:

    To quote:

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: — Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains: round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

  22. Mark Murphy says:

    This is a wonderful piece of art, regardless of the political symbols. As Nietzche said, ‘only strength can join itself to strength’ and this work of art certainly achieves greatness in that respect. It is so sad to see it disassembled. I hope the Russian authorities reassemble it in its former glory. Perhaps someone could tell me the name of the woman sculptress who made it?

  23. Mark Murphy says:

    This is a wonderful piece of art, regardless of the political symbols. As Nietzche said, ‘only strength can join itself to strength’ and this work of art certainly achieves greatness in that respect. It is so sad to see it disassembled. I hope the Russian authorities reassemble it to its former glory. Perhaps someone could tell me the name of the woman sculptress who made it?

  24. Mark Murphy says:

    i would like to use some of these images in a non-profit context and was wondering if anyone knew who i would have to approach to get copyright permissions from?

  25. mr.fit says:

    mosfilm made some interesting movies, I want to find a torrent of “The Bright Path” but it doesn’t seem to be available

  26. brbrbr says:

    orignal staue – sold by city major to west investorunder really weird disguise.

  27. I am amazed at how hard it was for me to find these pictures,
    and even when I did the right search, how many pages I had to
    wade through to get the right hit. I would appear that power
    today wants to eliminate the history of power yesterday, like
    Winston Smith in 1984. So, it appears Capitalism is willing,
    just like Communism, to erase the past and claim it is always
    like it is now, always has been, but always it will be better
    and better and better, like pie in the sky. Remember when it
    was always being said how booming the US economy was, but the
    people on the street were always saying, “Where’s my share?”
    I am not a Communist, or Socialist, or Capitalist, or any
    of those things, and I don’t know why this little editor
    just tore all my nice neat margins all to hell. Oh well.

  28. Angel says:

    esplendida, gigantesca, linda

  29. Sharon Hall says:

    A mate urged me to look at this site, nice post, interesting read… keep up the good work!

  30. [...] The monument has been restored and returned to its place at the All-Russia Exhibition Center in Moscow. Images from the monument under reconstruction can ve visited here. All images in this post taken from EnglishRussia [...]

  31. MatrushkaSusanna says:

    YES!!! It HAS been restored, returned to its rightful place, and shines over those driving into town. Am so glad that wiser minds did not destroy the artwork for political reasons, and is restoring it for history and arts sake.

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