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The Art of Persuasion: Russian Propaganda Posters

Lenin by Strakov

Strakhov, Adolf Iosipovich (born Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine, 1896; died 1979),V.I. Ul'yanov (Lenin). 1870-1924, 1924, lithograph, Gift of Hart Massey, 1982, 82/288

The Art of Persuasion: Russian Propaganda Posters

October 12, 2011
Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join Medeine Tribinevicius, MA candidate, Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto, for a look at the AGO's collection of rare posters related to the Russian revolution of 1917. See striking portrayals of political figures (especially Lenin) and chronicles of momentous events, as well as propaganda supporting mass education and literacy campaigns, industrialization, and collectivization. The collection came primarily from two distinguished sources – Hart Massey (in the 1980s) and the Spencer Clarke estate (in the 1990s). See the posters and hear the fascinating story of the collectors, the journey of the posters out of the Soviet Union, and the fate of the posters after their arrival in Canada.

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