RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY POSTER EXHIBIT
January 6, 2017 thru March 12, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY POSTER EXHIBIT OPENS JANUARY 6, 2017 AT THE DANVILLE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND HISTORY.
Propaganda has always been an important political tool in the Soviet Union, and poster art was one of the most viable means to spread information. The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will exhibit examples of early Russian Revolutionary posters in their next gallery offering titled, “Russian Revolutionary Posters,” beginning January 6, 2017 and going through March 12, 2017. This exhibit will trace some of the early iterations used by the Soviets dating from 1917 to 1929, marking the 100th anniversary of the stormy twelve-year period ushering in the October Revolution. The images represent a period that spanned a decade of unrest, counterrevolution, famine, foreign military intervention, and economic turmoil.
One of the reasons for the incredible success of Communist propaganda was its incorporation into all aspects of society. The Soviet government had complete control over mass communication and used art, film, radio, literature, theater, music, posters, and more as propaganda. Posters were “the quintessential form of propaganda,” because they provided a cheap way to reach a wide audience, could be understood even by illiterate citizens, and could be changed quickly in response to political shifts.
The artistic merit of the posters in the show is equal to anything produced in other cultures. Some are brilliant and shocking and evocative and provocative; some are impressionistic, others expressionistic; some are simple and primitive, designed chiefly for visual impact, with little or no text, to appeal to a semi-literate or totally illiterate population; many are definitely forerunners of the future Soviet social realism.
The opening reception for the Russian Revolutionary Poster exhibit will be Friday, January 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The posters exhibited are part of a collection at the Lenin Library in Moscow. Italian photographer Caio Garruba was permitted to photograph forty pieces for their first Western publication, of which the Museum has 37. The framing, interpretation, and exhibition of these works have been made possible by a grant from the Patterson Foundation of Roanoke, VA.