Russian Revolutionary Posters – Tate Modern, May 2014

Russian Revolutionary Posters, Tate Modern (May 2014)

Lenin, Russian Revolutionary Posters, Tate Modern (May 2014)

Hammer and sickle,  Russian Revolutionary Posters (May 2014)

Glasnost and perestroika.

‘Openness’ and ‘re-organisation’. Two words I strongly associate with my younger self. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader at the time, was working to bring an end to the Cold War. These were dangerous times. Would we have peace, finally? Or were we headed for World War 3? Trust and mistrust.

A shroud of mystery. Cut off from the West, so little was known about the USSR. An endless fascination for the place ever since.

All this preamble is leading me to the (free) Russian Revolutionary Posters exhibition at Tate Modern, which we checked out on Sunday after our ‘failed’ attempt at the Gerhard Richter show.

I recently posted about another Russian posters exhibition. I don’t know what it is about these posters. They enthral me. The flagrant propaganda. The strong design elements. The bold colours. The exotic Cyrillic scripts. Yes, the typography.

The sense of an era forever gone?

The Butchers are Torturing Ukraine - Death to the Butchers! (1920), Tate Modern Exhibition (May 2014)
The Butchers are Torturing Ukraine – Death to the Butchers! (1920), Tate Modern.

 

 

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