Russian First World War posters

An exhibition at London gallery GRAD will examine the artistic legacy of the First World War in Russia and look at posters created throughout the conflict – from propaganda to Futurist.

GRAD says that the First World War in Russia was followed so quickly by the 1917 Revolution and the Russian Civil War that there was little time to process its artistic impact.

Its upcoming exhibition will showcase works including posters, books and woodcuts, some for the first time in public.

The works will show the progression of artistic styles throughout the war, starting with traditional visual propaganda and taking in developments in Futurism.

There will also be works from the Modern Lubok Corporation, which include woodcuts commissioned by Kazimir Malevich to emulate Russian popular prints.

And there will be further posters promoting war bonds or charitable organisations that were set up during the conflict.

The works on show are drawn from the Russian State Library and the private collection of Sergei Shestakov, who owns around 500 printed items, periodicals and graphic designs and more than 2000 photographs.

A Game in Hell: The First World War in Russia, is at GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design, 3-4a Little Portland Street, London W1W, from 27 September-30 November.

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