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Revolutionary Graphics of Former USSR

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On display at the Wolfsonian in Miami Soviet propaganda posters with innovative graphics created over the years between the two world wars

Vladimir Mayakovsky believed that the incisiveness of a propaganda poster was measured by the posters ability to capture the attention of people rushing past it. He was also convinced that this goal could be achieved with impactful graphics, with colorful images and giant writings.

An exhibition entitled “Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars” on show until August 12th at The Wolfsonian Museum (1001 Washington Avenue) in Miami Beach testifies the sharpness of the observations of the famous Russian poet and artist. On shows 50 posters (made by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Gustav Klucis, Adolf Strakhov, Grigorii Shegal and many others) from the private collection of Svetlana and Eric Silverman. The posters show the Soviet creativity in terms of arts and graphics during the impetuous political and social revolutions that characterized the period between the two world wars. “They are posters – explains Jon Mogul, director of the museum – that show the paradox of USSR in its first decades, when utopianism went hand in hand with manipulation.” But the exaltation of communism is not the only theme of these posters: some in fact are dedicated to women’s emancipation like the one signed by Grigorii Shegal in which the slogan states: “Down with domestic slavery.”