GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design opens in Central London this June with See USSR, an exhibition of Russian propaganda from the 1920’s and 1930’s. These dazzling intourist posters have never before been exhibited and include works held by the prestigious state Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.
See USSR deals with the flipside of Russian propaganda, showing a very different side to the country than we have accepted. This is the Soviet Union at rest and at play: a country of leisure, comfort and luxury – the USSR through the looking glass.
These images contradict the picture normally conjured up by the Western mind, transforming the communist land into a tourist haven, and showcasing pre-war Soviet Union as an earthly paradise.