Visions of Utopia Exhibition and Public Lectures

This exhibition presents Soviet posters of the first two decades following the October Revolution – the period when a grandiose attempt to build a new society and a new world in Russia was most intense and driven by an ingenious believe in the real possibility to do that. In other words, it was driven by Utopia. Post-revolution society was changing very quickly and the character of Utopia transformed hugely during those two decades. The posters in the exhibition explicitly show the move from utopia to dystopia during that period.

The exhibition contains 25 works by Gustav Klutsis, Valentina Kulagina, Yakov Guminer, Daniil Cherkes and other artists.

Curators: Jane Powell, Grant Pooke, Elena Zaytseva.


Visions of Utopia Public Lectures:

Tuesday 19th November 7.30-9.00pm

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the Quest for the New Art.

Natalia Murrey

Pushkin House


Wednesday 27th November 7.30-9.30pm

The Communist Vision of Gustav Klucis

Professor Christina Lodder (University of Kent)

Pushkin House

5a Bloomsbury Square WC1A 2TA


Wednesday 4th December 7.30-9.30pm

Two Decades of October Revolution

Panel Discussion: Tatiana Baskakova,

John Callow, Grant Pooke and Elena Zaytseva

Pushkin House


Booking for public lectures is through the Pushkin House website.