«Ideological Weapon of the Russians»

The Moscow House of Photography presents unique exhibition «Soviet Photomontage. 1917–1950s». The display is on view in Paris up to December 25. Photomontage was invented in the Soviet Union under the influence of Russian avant-garde. The Soviet government widely used photomontage in ideological purposes to propagate the Soviet way of life. That is why many Europeans including the French call montage «Russian weapon».

«Soviet Photomontage. 1917–1950s» comprises 170 artworks. The featured showpieces were lent by the State Archive of Literature and Art, Museum of Vladimir Mayakovsky and several private collectors. Museum of Vladimir Mayakovsky lent one of the earliest propaganda photographs depicting poet Mayakovsky with Soviet passport on the background of New York’s skyscrapers. The inscription in the postcard runs like this: «Read and be envious, I am a Soviet citizen» (quotation from one of Mayakovsky’s poems).

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