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Red Star Over Russia A revolution in visual culture 1905–55

Adolf Strakhov, Emancipated Woman – Build Socialism!1926, Lithograph on paper, The David King Collection, Tate 

A dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers

2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. Rebellion brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy as the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, endured revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. A new visual culture arose and transformed the fabric of everyday life.

The core of this exhibition comes from the extraordinary collection of photographer and graphic designer David King (1943–2016). He started his collection of over 250,000 items relating to this period while working for The Sunday Times Magazine in the 1970s. The collection was acquired by Tate in 2016.

This show is an opportunity to see the rare propaganda posters, prints and photographs collected by King – some bearing traces of state censorship. Including work by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Aleksandr Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei, it is a thrilling journey through a momentous period in world history.

Photographer Unknown, Preparing for May Day in the Railway Workers' Club 1929. Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate

Photographer Unknown, Preparing for May Day in the Railway Workers' Club 1929. Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate

Aleksandr Rodchenko, USSR in Construction, Issue 8 1936, Journal, Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate


Aleksandr Rodchenko, USSR in Construction, Issue 8 1936, Journal, Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate

Dmitrii Moor, May Day - All-Russian Subbotnik (Working Weekend) 1920, Reproduced in Posters, Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate

Dmitrii Moor, May Day - All-Russian Subbotnik (Working Weekend) 1920, Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate

 Boris Kustodiev, Moscow I: Entry. Published in Bugbear Magazine, No. 2 1905. Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate


Boris Kustodiev, Moscow I: Entry. Published in Bugbear Magazine, No. 2 1905. Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate

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Dates

8 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

Pricing

£13.30 FREE for Members

Adult £13.30 (£11.30 without donation)

Senior £12.30 (£10.30 without donation)

Concession £11 (£10 without donation)

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

Family tickets (two adults and two children 12–18 years) available by telephone or in the gallery

Visit two exhibitions with our combined ticket offers: 

Red Star Over Russia and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (until 28 January 2018) for £20 (bookable via the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov exhibition page)

Red Star Over Russia and Modigliani (from 23 November 2017) for £25 (bookable via the Modigliani exhibition page)

School groups must be booked in advance

Tickets can be booked up to 8 hours in advance online or up to 24 hours in advance by telephone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888

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Red Star Over Russia A revolution in visual culture 1905–55

2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. This exhibition explores the visual culture that emerged in its wake

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