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Constructing the Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars

The exhibition explores the remarkably wide-ranging body of propaganda posters created as an artistic consequence of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Marking its centennial, this exhibition delves into a relatively short-lived era of unprecedented experimentation and utopian idealism that produced some of the most iconic images in the history of graphic design.

Introduction

Constructing the Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars explores the remarkably wide-ranging body of propaganda posters created as an artistic consequence of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Marking its centennial, this exhibition delves into a relatively short-lived era of unprecedented experimentation and utopian idealism that produced some of the most iconic images in the history of graphic design. Featuring rare and outstanding works from the Eric and Svetlana Silverman Collection, it highlights the variety of poster genres and methods by prominent artists of different aesthetic movements. Posters supplied a new iconography, converting Soviet aspirations into readily accessible, urgent, public art.

 

Works in the Exhibition

“Did You Volunteer?,” lithograph, 1920, by Dmitry Moor. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman

“Did You Volunteer?,” lithograph, 1920, by Dmitry Moor. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman

"The Road to October," lithograph, 1929, by Valentina Kulagina. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman.

"The Road to October," lithograph, 1929, by Valentina Kulagina. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman.

"We Will Repay Our Country’s Coal Debt," lithograph, 1930, by Gustav Klutsis. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman

"We Will Repay Our Country’s Coal Debt," lithograph, 1930, by Gustav Klutsis. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman

"For the Proletarian Park of Culture and Leisure," 1932, lithograph by Vera Adamovna Gitsevich. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman.

"For the Proletarian Park of Culture and Leisure," 1932, lithograph by Vera Adamovna Gitsevich. Collection of Eric and Svetlana Silverman.

Visiting the Exhibition

September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018

    Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Focus Gallery, Center Gallery, Halford Gallery