In Search of the Konstantinov Style
A List of Famous Works by the Monumental Artist Viktor Konstantinov.
Viktor Konstantinov was born in the Russian hinterlands of Irkutsk, fought on the frontlines of WWII and only at the age of 32 received an art education at one of the most iconic educational institutions in Leningrad.
The Ala-Too Wide-screen Cinema opened in 1938. The building was designed by the architect V. Kalmykov. The cinema has two screening rooms, with 512 and 280 seats. The facade of the building is decorated with ceramic relief panels created in 1963. The sculptors are V. Konstantinov, A. Voronin, S. Bakashev, A. Kamenskiy, V. Khabibulin. The panels are dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's accession to Russia.
Photo: Dennis Keen
Photo: Dilda Kulmagambetova
Photo: Dennis Keen
The panel is a seven-part composition, with six smaller elements sized 1x2.5 m and a central element sized 2.5x2.5 m. One on of the parts is the inscription "Kyrgyzstan - Russia", and on another the years "1863-1963". Others depict a cosmonaut, a hammer and sickle, and a man with doves; the central part of the composition shows a woman with a sprout, while in the background two women and a man read a book, all of this symbolizing the achievements of the Soviet republics - labor, cosmonautics, education and the preservation of peace.

Ala-Too is the oldest cinema in Bishkek and one of its most famous. It is considered a cultural monument of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Photo: Dilda Kulmagambetova
He moved to Almaty from Bishkek (at that time Frunze), where he also created works of monumental art.
Over his years in Almaty, Viktor Innokentyevich left many works, both on the facades of buildings and free-standing compositions. Here we publish only the most well-known of his creations.