Power to the People: Early Soviet Propaganda Posters

March 16, 2004-July 10, 2004
Location: Unspecified location
Curator: Alex Ward
In the 1990's Merrill C. Berman, New York, donated a unique collection of ROSTA Window posters to the Israel Museum, which is the largest museum collection of them outside Russia. The collection contains 64 series consisting of ca, 600 individual pieces, made between November 1920 and November 1920. They were produced by the Russian Telegraphic Agency, abbreviated 'ROSTA,' established by a government decree in September 1918 by bringing together the old Petrograd Telegraphic Agency and the newly formed Press Bureau, an appendage of the people's Commissars of the Government, which had been purged of anti-Bolshevik sympathizers. Visually stunning, with rhyming texts mainly composed by the Futurist poet Vladimir Myakowsky these hand stenciled posters produced on cheap newsprint reflected the events unfolding daily during the formative years of Soviet Russia under Lenin.