This video is called Russian Constructivism.
By Len Phelan in Britain:
Formed for function
Friday 20 July 2012
Usually exhibitions on Soviet art and design are blockbuster affairs, focusing on the extraordinary heritage of visual arts, music, design, film and performance which still impact on contemporary arts practise and audiences globally.
But a new exhibition which has just opened at Cambridge University Library provides a unique and strikingly different perspective on Soviet arts.
It’s based on the collection of Doctor Catherine Cooke, a world-renowned expert on Soviet architecture and design who spent decades amassing a vast and eclectic collection of rare books, journals and propaganda posters before her death in 2004.
So-called ephemera, which nevertheless has intrinsic design value, are a feature of the exhibition. They include ration coupons, cigarette packets, bank notes, badges, perfume bottles, professional membership cards and even food packaging.
“Soviet design and architecture are of increasing interest, as witnessed by the Royal Academy’s recent show Building The Revolution,” curator Mel Bach says. “Our exhibition breaks new ground not only because it’s based on a major figure like Cooke’s own, rather visionary collection, but also because it looks at Soviet design in the everyday as well as the monumental.”
That’s why envelopes and cigarette packets take their place alongside plans for some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century in the exhibition which, according to Bach, “provides a narrative about the Soviet period from an unusual angle, looking at its themes through examples of design – political education through the beautiful illustration of a children’s book for instance.” …
Runs at Cambridge University Library, West Road, until April 6 next year. Admission free. Opening times www.lib.cam.ac.uk.
An exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky, features the work of leading Soviet photomontage artist and designer, Aleksandr Zhitomirsky (1907-1993): here.