Tate Modern Exhibition

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.

 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

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

Supported by Tate Patrons.
The exhibition features work from The David King Collection at Tate, purchased 2016 with funds provided by Tate Members, a private donor, Tate International Council and Art Fund​.

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8 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

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