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

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.

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​.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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8 November 2017 – 18 February 2018


A journey through both the hopeful and the horrifying

Evening Standard

Seduction. That’s what this is about

The Times

Blatant propaganda can still be great art

The Telegraph

This cleverly curated show is a must

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