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.
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.