- Text by Dominique Sisley
London’s Tate Modern has announced a new exhibition dedicated to the political visual art of Russia and the Soviet Union. The show, titled Red Star over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture, will focus specifically on the revolutionary uprisings of the early 20th century, with over 250 posters, paintings, photographs, and books going on display. It will run at the gallery’s Blavatnik Building from November 8th to February 18th 2018.
The exhibition, which coincides with the centenary of Russia’s October revolution, will look at the art behind the most seismic political moments in the country’s history. This includes the overthrow of the last Tsar, Stalin’s campaign of terror, the uprisings of 1917, and the struggles of the Civil War. These political changes not only sparked colossal social change, but also inspired “a wave of innovation in art and graphic design across the country.”
“From 1905 to 1955 Russian and Soviet citizens struggled against the odds to build a new society,” explains the official show synopsis. “The exhibition will explore how new popular art in the form of posters, periodicals, leaflets and banners informed, educated and entertained the Russian people, filtering into the everyday lives of tens of millions of citizens.”
The show will feature sharp, vivid, and striking imagery from artists such as Adolf Strakhov, Valentina Kulagina, Dmitrii Moor, El Lissitzky, Aleksandr Rodchenko and Nina Vatolina – much of which will be on public display for the first time. According to the Tate, all imagery featured will be coming from the comprehensive private collection of late graphic artist David King.
Red Star over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905 – 55 will run at the Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building from November 8th to February 18th, 2018.