Soviet graphic design at an exhibition in Brussels

The world continues to celebrate the centenary of the October Revolution. An exhibition dedicated to the best examples of Soviet graphics and the work of constructivist artists of the 1920s was held at the ADAM Design Museum in Brussels. The project was prepared in cooperation with the Moscow Design Museum.

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El Lissitzky.  Cover by Architect assocition architectura et amicitia. Ne boltai! Collection, Prague.
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In those years, the young country of the Soviets badly needed a new visual language, using book graphics, postage stamps, packaging, posters and posters for propaganda. The most recognizable techniques of the fresh constructivist style are collage and font based on contrasting letter combinations.

The Brussels project “Paper Revolution” brought together works by Vladimir Mayakovsky, El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, and other constructivists, which are significant for the era.

"Books on all branches of knowledge." Reconstruction of the poster of Varvara Stepanova (1963). Archive of A. Rodchenko and V. Stepanova.
“Books on all branches of knowledge.” Reconstruction of the poster of Varvara Stepanova (1963). Archive of A. Rodchenko and V. Stepanova.

Many “radical” ideas of avant-garde artists who sought to abandon old traditions were not destined to be realized – today they can only be judged by paper sketches. However, the graphic heritage of that time not only gave an extraordinary impetus for the development of the future Soviet design, but to this day inspires authors around the world.

El Lissitzky. The Workers 'and Peasants' Red Army (1934). Ne boltai! Collection, Prague.
El Lissitzky. The Workers ‘and Peasants’ Red Army (1934). Ne boltai! Collection, Prague.

The exposition in the ADAM Museum was realized with the participation of the Moscow Design Museum, the archives of A. Rodchenko and V. Stepanova, and the private collection Ne Boltai! Collection in Prague. 

The exhibition was held from June 7 to October 8, 2017. 

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