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Red and Black: Revolution in Soviet Propaganda Graphics

April 5–August 5, 2018
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

In the early years of the Soviet Union, artists and designers joined the project of building a new classless society. Constructivism, one of the key movements to emerge at this time, applied principles of the artistic avant-garde—abstraction and the machine aesthetic, for example—to the practical design of everything from architecture to household objects. An installation of books, periodicals, bookplates, and portfolio plates from the collection of The Wolfsonian–FIU Library, Red and Black was presented concurrently with the major exhibition Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from Between the World Wars and focused on the contribution of Constructivism to Soviet graphic design.

The Wolfsonian’s library installations are generously sponsored by Henry S. Hacker.