The Paper Revolution: Soviet Graphic Design during the 1920s and 1930s

8 November 2017 to 21 January 2018

BLACKBOX #4

To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution on November 7, 2017, Bröhan-Museum will be hosting an exhibition of the Moscow Design Museum entitled “The Paper Revolution: Soviet Graphic Design during the 1920s and 1930s”. This show is dedicated to a particularly interesting chapter in the design history of the twentieth century: early Soviet graphic design. During the first decade of its existence, Soviet Russia, a young revolutionary state, needed a visual language all its own. Inspired by the dynamics of political and social change, a new artistic movement developed: constructivism. Posters, journals, and book covers became important propaganda tools for the new political regime.

Around 100 examples of constructivist graphic design by outstanding artists will be shown. The exhibition is a collaboration between Moscow Design Museum, Bröhan-Museum, and ADAM Brussels Design Museum together with Ne boltai! Collection and the Rodchenko and Stepanova Archive.

Curators: Konstantin Akinsha, Alexandra Sankova

Advertising motif: Gerwin Schmidt, 2017 (c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 for the work of Alexander Rodchenko