Imagine Moscow: Architecture Propaganda Revolution

Imagine Moscow brings together an unexpected cast of ‘phantoms’ – architectural monuments of a vanished world of the Soviet Union that survive in spite of never being realised, and despite their immaterial and elusive relation to reality.
Catalogue Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution Catalogue Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

Catalogue Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

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Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution explores Moscow as it was envisioned by a bold generation of architects in the 1920s and early 1930s. Featuring rarely seen material, this book – and the exhibition of the same title – portrays an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised. Focusing on six unbuilt architectural landmarks, the book explores how these schemes reflected changes in everyday life and society following the revolution. Large-scale architectural plans, models and drawings are placed alongside propaganda posters, textiles and porcelain, contextualising the transformation of a city reborn as the new capital of the USSR and the international centre of socialism. The book also includes essays by Richard Anderson, Jean-Louis Cohen and Deyan Sudjic, which address a range of important themes in early Soviet architecture that remain relevant today. This book accompanies Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution open at the Design Museum 15 March 2017 – 4 June 2017  Pages: 159 Dimensions:18 x 12.5 cm
Imagine Moscow Exhibition Poster

Imagine Moscow Exhibition Poster

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Design Museum Exhbition poster Featuring RKP Gustav Klutsis Photomontage, lithography on paper, 1924 Ne boltai! Collection Gustav Klutsis was a pioneering Latvian photographer and major member of the Constructivist avant-garde in the early 20th century. He is known for the Soviet revolutionary and Stalinist propaganda he produced with his wife and collaborator Valentine Kulagina. Klutsis taught, wrote, and produced political art for the Soviet state for the rest of his life. As the political background degraded through the 1920s and 1930s, Klutsis and Kulagina came under increasing pressure to limit their subject matter and techniques. A3 portrait  Digital print on 120 gsm.
Imagine Moscow Postcard RKP

Imagine Moscow Postcard RKP

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RKP Gustav Klutsis Photomontage, lithography on paper, 1924 Ne boltai! Collection Gustav Klutsis was a pioneering Latvian photographer and major member of the Constructivist avant-garde in the early 20th century. He is known for the Soviet revolutionary and Stalinist propaganda he produced with his wife and collaborator Valentine Kulagina. Klutsis taught, wrote, and produced political art for the Soviet state for the rest of his life. As the political background degraded through the 1920s and 1930s, Klutsis and Kulagina came under increasing pressure to limit their subject matter and techniques. A6 portrait postcard. Digital print on smooth natural white 400 gsm.
Imagine Moscow Postcard The International Day of Working Women

Imagine Moscow Postcard The International Day of Working Women

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The International Day of Working Women Poster paper, 1930 from the Ne boltai! Collection Valentina Kulagina was a Russian painter and book, poster and exhibition designer. She was a central figure in Contructivist avant-garde in the early 20th century alongside El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko and her husband Gustav Klutsis.  She is known for the Soviet revolutionary and Stalinist propaganda she produced in collaboration with Klutsis. Though Klutsis and Kulagina are known for these official pieces for the government, they also ran a personal art and photography practice, utilising styles such as superimposition and photomontage. A6 portrait postcard. Digital print on smooth natural white 400gsm.
Imagine Moscow A3 Print Untitled ‘To the Defence of the USSR'

Imagine Moscow A3 Print Untitled ‘To the Defence of the USSR'

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Untitled ‘To the Defence of the USSR’, 1931 Valentina Kulagina Poster paper, 1931 from the Ne boltai! Collection Valentina Kulagina was a Russian painter and book, poster and exhibition designer. She was a central figure in Contructivist avant-garde in the early 20th century alongside El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko and her husband Gustav Klutsis.  She is known for the Soviet revolutionary and Stalinist propaganda she produced in collaboration with Klutsis. Though Klutsis and Kulagina are known for these official pieces for the government, they also ran a personal art and photography practice, utilising styles such as superimposition and photomontage. A3 portrait including border 297 x 420 mm Presented on backing board in cellophane envelope. Digital print on White Silk 250 gsm paper.
Imagine Moscow Postcard R.S.I. Spartakadia

Imagine Moscow Postcard R.S.I. Spartakadia

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R.S.I. Spartakadia 1928 Moskau Gustav Klutsis Postcard, 1928 Ne boltai! Collection Gustav Klutsis was a pioneering Latvian photographer and major member of the Constructivist avant-garde in the early 20th century. He is known for the Soviet revolutionary and Stalinist propaganda he produced with his wife and collaborator Valentine Kulagina. Klutsis taught, wrote, and produced political art for the Soviet state for the rest of his life. As the political background degraded through the 1920s and 1930s, Klutsis and Kulagina came under increasing pressure to limit their subject matter and techniques. A6 portrait postcard. Digital print on smooth natural white 400 gsm.
El Lissitzky: Design

El Lissitzky: Design

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El (Eleazer) Lissitzky (1890-1941) was a vital force in the revolutionary period in Russia. Having first trained in engineering and architecture and later becoming a painter and illustrator, his creative activity ranged across disciplines. This he called 'the interchange station between painting and architecture', and it made him enormously influential - as a painter, graphic designer, teacher, propagandist, exhibition designer, and also as an architectural theorist. Lissitzky had studied in Germany before the Russian Revolution, and after it he became a vital link between Soviet culture and Western art groups, travelling officially to present Soviet culture in the West, but at the same time contacting many leading figures in Western art, including the De Stilj group in Holland, Dadaists in Switzerland and Germany, and artists and designers at the Bauhaus, as well as architects with international aims. He was a tireless creative force, and a determined traveller who brought many collaborative projects to a fruitful conclusion that involved connections across the political East-West division of Europe. Yet this determined and dynamic man suffered grievously from tuberculosis. From the sanatorium he still sent witty letters and drawings to his wife Sophie Lissitzky-Kuppers in Russia. In his last year he turned his abilities to designing Soviet trade fairs and, briefly, to propagandist war. Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.8cm 95 pages
1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution

1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution

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On the centenary of the Russian Revolution the 20th century's greatest Russian writers respond The passionate voices of radicals, dreamers, workers, aristocrats, satirists and romantics fill these electrifying poems and prose pieces, written between 1917 and 1919 in the full tumult of the Russian Revolution. From apocalyptic visions to heartfelt calls for freedom, from depictions of bloody carnage to an acerbic portrait of Lenin, the writings brought together here are by turns fervent, absurd, disorienting and tragic. Some writers - Bulgakov, Pasternak, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova - are well-known, others all but forgotten; many would not survive what was to come. All speak to us a century later, re-creating the whirlwind of euphoria and terror, hopes and betrayals of that exhilarating, brutal time. Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8cm 236 pages
Anna Karenina (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Anna Karenina (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

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This edition of Anna Karenina is part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series: published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The book is beautifully designed and is one of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression. Anna is a beautiful, intelligent woman whose passionate affair with the dashing Count Vronsky leads her to ruin. But her story is also about a search for meaning, and by twinning it with that of Levin, an awkward idealist whose happy marriage and domestic trials form the backdrop for a similar quest, Tolstoy creates a rich and complex masterpiece that has captured the imagination of readers for decades. Dimensions: 15.3 x 21.6 x 4.2cm 992 pages Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude
Crime And Punishment (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Crime And Punishment (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

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This edition of Crime and Punishment is part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series: published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The book is beautifully designed and is one of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression. Consumed by the idea of his own special destiny, immured in poverty and deprivation, Rashkolnikov is drawn to commit a terrible crime. In the aftermath, Rashkolnikov is dogged by madness, guilt and a calculating detective, and a feverish cat-and-mouse game unfolds. The only hope for redemption, if Rashkolnikov can but recognise it, lies in the virtuous and faithful Sonya. Dimensions: 15.3 x 21.6 x 3.9cm 560 pages Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

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This edition of Doctor Zhivago is part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series: published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The book is beautifully designed and is one of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression. Doctor Zhivago is the epic novel of Russia in the throes of revolution and one of the greatest love stories ever told. Yuri Zhivago, physician and poet, wrestles with cruel experience of the new order and the changes it has wrought in him, and is torn between love for his wife and family, and the passionate, beautiful Lara. Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago was nonetheless published covertly in Russian by the CIA and translated into many languages. In 1958 Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Dimensions: 15.3 x 21.6 x 3.8cm 544 pages Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

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This edition of Life and Fate is part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series: published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The book is beautifully designed and is one of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression. The twentieth century War and Peace, a broad portrait of an age and a searing vision of Stalinist Russia, Life and Fate is also the story of a family, the Shaposhnikovs, whose lives in the army, the gulag, a physics institute, a power station and a concentration camp are stunningly evoked, from their darkest to their most poetic moments. War and Peace was judged so dangerous by the Soviet authorities that the manuscript was immediately confiscated when completed in 1960, Grossman’s masterpiece was finally smuggled into the West and published in 1980. Dimensions: 15.3 x 21.6 x 3.8cm 912 pages The original translation by Robert Chandler, updated and revised
The Master and Margarita (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

The Master and Margarita (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

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50th Anniversary edition of the Russian classic, The Master and Margarita. When Satan arrives in 1930s Moscow, he brings with him a league of misfits that includes his mistress, the witch Hella, and a black cat with an unwholesome taste for vodka. Hellbent on terrorising the elite of the city, they announce their visit in theatrical outbursts of song, sudden deaths and expanding dimensions. Intersected with the story of Pontius Pilate, Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita is striking not only for its imaginative scope, but also its disavowal of Realism, overthrown in favour of a carnivalesque satire intended to gouge away the respectable, atheistic façade of Russian society. This edition of The Master and Margarita is part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series: published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The book is beautifully designed and is one of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression. Dimensions: 15.3 x 21.6 x 2.7cm 384 pages The original translation by Michael Glenny
War and Peace (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

War and Peace (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

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From sophisticated Moscow soirees to breathless troika rides through the snow, from the bloody front line at Austerlitz to a wife’s death in childbirth, Tolstoy conjures a broad panorama of rich, messy, beautiful and debased human life. We follow the fates of open-hearted, impulsive Pierre Bezukhov, his melancholy friend Prince Andrei and the enchanting Natasha Rostov, as history and fiction are combined in one of the wisest and most enthralling novels ever written. War and Peace is rich, wise, constantly surprising, heart-breaking and hugely rewarding. When you reach the end, you’ll be amazed by how much you'll want to begin all over again. This edition of War and Peace is part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series: published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The book is beautifully designed and is one of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression. Dimensions: 15.3 x 21.6 x 5.5cm 1296 pages Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Whitebeam Studio ARC Circle lapel pin

Whitebeam Studio ARC Circle lapel pin

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The sculptural ARC Circle lapel pint is inspired by Cubist art, subtle curves and precise angles that reflect light and shadow Perfectly complements the ISO Circle Necklace and ISO Earrings Materials: TV3003P stainless steel Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5cm / 1.5 x 1.5"
Whitebeam Studio Fold Line necklace Whitebeam Studio Fold Line necklace

Whitebeam Studio Fold Line necklace

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Architectural minimalism. A deceptively simple design in brushed stainless steel on a sterling silver chain with logo tag. From the Vertex collection, handmade at the Whitebeam studio. Materials: TV3007 stainless steel Dimensions: 2 x 5.5cm / 0.75 x 2.25" Chain length: 40.5cm / 16” | 46cm / 18”
Whitebeam Studio High Line necklace Whitebeam Studio High Line necklace

Whitebeam Studio High Line necklace

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Architectural geometry. A dynamic freeform design from the Vertex collection, in stainless steel on a sterling silver chain with logo tag. Handmade at the Whitebeam studio. Materials: TV3006 stainless steel, sterling silver Dimensions: 2.5 x 7cm / 1 x 2.75" Chain length: 40.5cm / 16" | 46cm / 18"
Whitebeam Studio ISO Circle Necklace Whitebeam Studio ISO Circle Necklace

Whitebeam Studio ISO Circle Necklace

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The ISO Circle Necklace has a minimalist design inspired by Cubist art, subtle curves and precise angles that reflect light and shadow. Also available as earrings Materials: TV3001 stainless steel Dimensions: 3.5 x 2cm / 1.5 x 0.75" Chain length: 40.5cm / 16” | 43cm / 17”
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Whitebeam Studio ISO Earrings 

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Inspired by Cubist art, the ISO earrings sport a minimalist design of subtle curves and precise angles reflecting light and shadow. Earrings for pierced ears, made from brushed stainless steel. Also available as a pendant, see ISO Circle Necklace Materials: TV3001 stainless steel Dimensions: 3.5 x 2cm / 1.25 x 0.75"
Happy Moscow

Happy Moscow

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Moscow in the 1930s is a symbol of Soviet paradise; a fairy-tale capital where, in Stalin's words, 'life has become better, life has become merrier". Beautiful, passionate, Moscow Chestnova bears her captial's name, and seeks the happiness it promises. She flits from man to man, fascinated by the brave new world supposedly taking shape around her, on a quest for the better life. This anarchic satire is accompanied by related works - short stories, an essay and a screenplay - and through Robert Chandler's acclaimed new translations, Platonov's extraordinary prose and original vision can at last be experienced in full. Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7cm 288 pages Translated by Robert Chandler
Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State

Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State

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Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State is the first illustrated survey of the propaganda art, graphics, and artefacts created by the totalitarian governments of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the USSR, and Communist China. The iconography produced by these regimes is universally recognised as their “brands”: the swastika and aggressive typography of Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s streamlined Futurist posters and Black Shirt uniforms, the stolid Social Realism of Stalin’s USSR, and Mao’s Little Red Book and ceramic figurines from the Cultural Revolution. Written by the design historian Steven Heller, Iron Fists focuses on graphic materials such as typefaces, logos, posters, advertisements, children’s books, flags, and medals. Heller also explores the meaning of colour systems (each dictatorship had a distinctive palette), the development of regime-specific typefaces, and even the slogans used to both rally and terrorise the populace. Delving into the history of once-innocent antecedents in heraldry, colour symbolism, and sacred and secular symbols, he demonstrates how these elements were put to disturbingly effective use in selling the totalitarian message. Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.5 x 29.2cm 224 pages 450 illustrations
Music and Soviet Power 1917 – 1932

Music and Soviet Power 1917 – 1932

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Music and Soviet Power 1917 - 1932 offers unprecedented access to primary sources that have been unavailable in English, or which lay unknown on archival shelves. It offers cultural history told through documents - both colourful and representative - with an extensive commentary and annotation throughout.  The October Revolution of 1917 tore the fabric of Russian musical life: institutions collapsed, and leading composers emigrated or fell into silence. But in 1932, at the outset of the 'socialist realist' period, a new Stalinist music culture was emerging. Between these two dates lies a turbulent period of change which this book charts year by year. It sheds light on the vicious power struggles and ideological wars, the birth of new aesthetic credos, and the gradual increase of Party and state control over music, in the opera houses, the concert halls, the workers' clubs, and on the streets. The book not only provides a detailed and nuanced depiction of the early Soviet musical landscape, but brings it to life by giving voice to the leading actors and commentators of the day. The vibrant public discourse on music is presented through a selection of press articles, reviews and manifestos, all supplied with ample commentary. These myriad sources offer a new context for our understanding of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Myaskovsky, while also showing how Western music was received in the USSR. Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.1cm 432 pages
Petrograd, 1917: Witnesses to the Russian Revolution

Petrograd, 1917: Witnesses to the Russian Revolution

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The dramatic and chaotic events surrounding the Russian Revolution have been studied and written about extensively for the last hundred years, by historians and journalists alike. However, some of the most compelling and valuable accounts are those recorded by eyewitnesses, many of whom were foreign nationals caught in Petrograd at the time. Drawing from the Bodleian Library's rich collections, this book features extracts from letters, journals, diaries and memoirs written by a diverse cast of onlookers. Primarily British, the authors include Sydney Gibbes, English tutor to the royal children, Bertie Stopford, an antiques dealer who smuggled the Vladimir tiara and other Romanov jewels into the UK, and the private secretary to Lord Milner in the British War Cabinet. Contrasting with these are a memoir by Stinton Jones, an engineer who found himself sharing a train compartment with Rasputin, a newspaper report by governess Janet Jeffrey who survived a violent confrontation with the Red Army, and letters home from Labour politician, Arthur Henderson. Accompanied by seventy contemporary illustrations, these first-hand accounts are put into context with introductory notes, giving a fascinating insight into the tumultuous year of 1917. Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.3 x 24.2cm 304 pages
Rodchenko: Design

Rodchenko: Design

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This is a new title in the "Design" series and an excellent introduction to the life and work of this versatile Russian artist. This concise, comprehensive and informative work focuses largely on Rodchenko's graphic work in the form of book jackets, posters and advertising. Alexander Mikhailovich Rodchenko (1891-1953) was a central figure in the Russian Constructivist art movement; a radical activist, a pioneer of photomontage, a theorist, and a teacher. He was an active force in the organization of the first museums of modern art that arose in Russia in the first years after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Attending art school in 1914 in Kazan was to be a defining influence: that year Russian Futurists performed in the town, and Rodchenko saw their leading figures in action. It transformed his vision and he was still working with Futurist artists and their ideas twenty-five years later. And it was at art school where Rodchenko first met the artist Varvara Stepanova, with whom he collaborated extensively, and who would become his life-long partner. Central in the re-examination of art and its place in society after the Revolution, and in the search for a new culture without the class implications of the past, Rodchenko's radical approach proposed a new understanding of a constructed, rather than a tastefully composed, culture.  Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.5 x 22.9cm 95 pages
Tatlin's Tower: Monument to Revolution

Tatlin's Tower: Monument to Revolution

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The plans for the gigantic Monument to the Third International were completed in 1920 by Vladimir Tatlin, the Russian painter and visionary designer who was a key figure of Russian constructivism. Planned as the headquarters and monument of the Comintern in Petrograd, it was to be made from industrial materials - iron, glass, and steel - as a towering symbol of modernity. Because of the political turmoil and housing shortages in Russia after the 1917 Revolution, the building was never constructed, but it remains a celebrated icon of revolutionary art. In this insightful book, Norbert Lynton investigates the sources and symbolism of Tatlin's Tower and considers not only its significance but also the broader role of allegory in abstraction and as an expression of man's highest aspirations. Dimensions: 19.3 x 3 x 25.7cm 277 pages
Imagine Moscow Postcard Citizens...

Imagine Moscow Postcard Citizens...

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Citizens… all of you hear and take notice, that there is a library in every train in board restaurant. M.M. Litvak Poster, 1925 Ne boltai! Collection A6 portrait postcard. Digital print on smooth natural white 400 gsm.
Imagine Moscow Postcard Hotel Resort, Individual House

Imagine Moscow Postcard Hotel Resort, Individual House

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Hotel Resort, Individual House, 1928 Nikolay Sokolov Pencil, india ink, watercolour, application technique on paper. Schusev Museum A6 portrait postcard. Digital print on smooth natural white 400 gsm.

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