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8 Aug 2017

Soviet-time posters from Belarus’ History Museum to go on display in St Petersburg

MINSK, 9 August (BelTA) – The Soviet-time posters of 1917-1920 from the collection of the National History Museum of Belarus will be displayed in St Petersburg, BelTA learned from the museum.

The exhibition entitled as We Will Build Our New World, prepared by the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg and the National History Museum of Belarus, will open in the Peter and Paul Fortress on 11 August. The exhibition, organized as part of the international cooperation between the two museums, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the February and October Revolutions. The exhibition will feature posters, cards and porcelain items telling about the revolutionary events and the first years of the Soviet authorities.

The political poster saw it active development in 1917. Posters were used for mass propaganda and also as a political and educational means. Posters were developed by outstanding artists and writers.

The collection of Soviet posters in the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg reached about 15,000 works. The exhibition will feature about 50 posters illustrating the first years of the Soviet authorities.

The exposition will be complemented by a collection of the Soviet political posters of the National History Museum of Belarus. The museum got the collection in the second half of the 20th century from Leningrad-born Tikhon Vorobyov. The collection comprises posters, cards, satiric magazines, and leaflets depicting the history of the Russian Empire, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics and foreign countries of the first half of the 20th century.

The exposition also features rare Russian cards issued in Petrograd in 1917. The cards depicts the elections to the All-Russian Constituent Assembly and also the Loan of Freedom, the biggest undertaking of the Temporary Government in the area of public loans. The cards were developed in cooperation with well-known artist Alexander Zelensky (1882-1942).

Over 20 porcelain items of the 1920-1930ss from the collection of the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg will include plates with inscriptions, cups, decorative dishes and sculptures and many more.

The exhibition will stay open through 30 September.


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