Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde: 1923-1929. Twenty-four
works representing this short-lived but enormously significant
movement in 20th century art and graphic design will be on display.
As pioneering contributions to the development of modern art, Russian film posters occupy a unique and vital place. Bearing little obvious resemblance to movie posters in the West, the Russian designers seemingly overnight added a profoundly new dimension and vitality to the avant-garde movements of the 1920s. Their works embodied all the characteristics of great posters: bold layout and typography, innovative choice of color, pioneering use of photomontage, and an approach to illustration that was deft and appealing without being frivolous or ponderous.
Works by Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir and Gyogry Stenberg, Nicolai Prusakov, Anton Lavinsky and Grigory Borisov and the films of Sergei Eisenstein, Vesevolod Pudovkin and Dziga Vertov, which have come to symbolize the masterpieces of Russian Constructivist film posters, will be on exhibit. Posters for such films as Buster Keaton’s “The General”, and Vertov’s “The Eleventh” will be displayed, as well as, Rodchenko and Lavinsky’s famous posters for the “Battleship Potemkin”, Prusakov’s and Borisov’s elaborate photomontage, “I Hurry to See The Khaz Push” and the Stenberg Brothers “Man with a Movie Camera”.
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