Red Star Over Russia.
2017 marks the century of the October Revolution. This revolution brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy to Russia as the empire fell and became the Soviet Union. This Union faced revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. During this time, art was a driving force behind the political campaigns that ran through the Soviet Union. The agenda was to grow the ideology of communism from Russia to the rest of the world. To achieve this goal, the government used the train system as a moving billboard for propaganda. Because of this political demand, propaganda art now had a new purpose and was limitless through creation and mission.
The exhibition, Red Star Over Russia, comes from the collection of the photographer and graphic designer David King (1943-2016). His collection has over 250,000 items which include rare propaganda posters, prints, and photographs. The Tate has now taken over King's collection after is death in 2016. The exhibition will showcase works from El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Aleksandr Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei.