Design Inspiration: Soviet Posters Of The Silent Screen

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Soviet posters of the Silent Screen London Exhibition

Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen is a new exhibition running at the GRAD art gallery in London until 29th March 2014.

GRAD Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen

As the UK/Russia year of culture begins, this exciting Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen exhibition at the GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design in London examines the golden age of Soviet film posters – a time when innovative on-screen filmmaking techniques were also being incorporated into the design of the poster advertisements themselves.

“The 1920s saw the advent of new and radical graphic design created to advertise silent films across the Soviet Union,” reveal GRAD in their introduction to the exhibit. “Film posters of this era have become masterpieces in their own right.”

Revolutionary techniques such as cinematic montage, repetition, asymmetric viewpoints and dramatic foreshortenings were used in the creation of both the films and the posters, leading to the appearance of a distinctive and highly influential body of design.

Co-curated by Elena Sudakova, director of GRAD, and film critic and art historian Lutz Becker, the show features some 30 works by the brothers Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg, Yakov Ruklevsky, Aleksandr Naumov, Mikhail Dlugach and Nikolai Prusakov.

Mass produced during the 1920s, these posters were made for one use only and few originals survive today. The Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen exhibition at GRAD is a rare opportunity to see these seminal works, many of which have not been exhibited in the UK before.

GRAD is located at 3-4a Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JB. The gallery opening hours are 11am–7pm (Tuesday to Friday) and 11am-5pm (Saturday).

Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen

Aleksandr Naumov oil poster

Image credit: Aleksandr Naumov, Oil, 1927, Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Nikolai Prusakov The Second Exhibition of Film Posters

Image credit: Nikolai Prusakov, The Second Exhibition of Film Posters, 1926, 108.5 x 71.5, Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Stenberg Brothers The Decembrists poster

Image credit: Stenberg Brothers & Yakov Ruklevsky, The Decembrists, 1927. Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Stenberg Brothers Death Loop poster

Image credit: Stenberg Brothers, Death Loop, 1929. Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Stenberg Brothers October poster

Image credit: Stenberg Brothers, Poster for ‘October’, a film by Sergey Eisenstein. Fragment. 1927. Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Stenberg Brothers Three Million Case poster

Image credit: Stenberg Brothers, Poster for ‘Three million case’, 1926. Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Stenberg Brothers Sporting Fever poster

Image credit: Stenberg Brothers, Sporting Fever, 1928. Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Stenberg Brothers The Screw From Another Machine poster

Image credit: Stenberg Brothers, The screw from another machine, 1926, Courtesy Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

Yakov Ruklevsky October poster

Image credit: Yakov Ruklevsky, October, 1927. Courtesy GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design and AntikBar

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for hightlighting this. I’ve always found posters from this era, especially that of propaganda from any country, extremely interesting.

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