Rebranding the Russian Avant-garde

Riverside Art Museum, CA
Exhibition: January 7 – March 25, 2014
Reception: February 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Guest Curator: Olga Severina 

Forged in the molten crater of the vanishing Russian empire scorched by the revolution, the Russian avant-garde was driven by a burgeoning need for political endorsements and nourished by a previously unfamiliar and yet overwhelming sensation of living in a new, liberated society that encouraged ingenuity, enthused imaginations, and incited all forms of artistic expression. This eruption of creative freedoms introduced a new concept of art that moved away from the classical form and presented an art of simplicity and functionality. Together with the rise of social propaganda, it turned conventional artists like Alexander Rodchenko, El Lizzitsky, Vladimir Tatlin, Vasyl Yermylov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and many others into forefathers of commercial advertising and forbearers of what we now recognize as modern graphic design, identity creation, and branding.

The exhibit will feature selected works from recent international poster projects, including the Rodchenko 120and Mayakovsky 120 poster campaigns curated by Sergey Serov (Russia) and the Design Sphere poster exhibit curated by Vladimir Lesnyak (Ukraine), which celebrates the greatest writers, scientists, and artists of the Russian avant-garde.

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95/95. Nelson Mandela Poster Project

A group of South African designers launched a celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 95th birthday by selecting 95 exceptional posters from around the world that honor his lifelong contribution to humanity. An independent team of volunteers, known as the Mandela Poster Project Collective, curated the set from 700 posters submitted by designers in more than 70 countries.
Posters by Gyula Gefin (Canada)  and  Carlos Andrade (Venezuela)

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“Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom” poster campaign

Westside Gallery, New York
September 4 – 22, 2012

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom,” an exhibition responding to recent political turmoil in Russia through the language of the poster. The original posters were created in support of the popular Russian movement for democracy that emerged at the third-term election of President Vladimir Putin. Co-curated by design historian and MFA Design Department Co-chair Steven Heller and Misha Beletsky, “Russia Rising” will be on view at SVA’s Westside Gallery New York City.
Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom is organized in conjunction with the Golden Bee Global Biennale in Moscow and Serge Serov, Biennale president.

Designers who responded to the call for entries for “Russia Rising” faced a similar challenge.

Participating artists include R. O. Blechman, The Bukheyevs (S. Bulkin & E. Mikheyeva), Savas Cekic, Cybersect, Maxim Derevyankin, Eugeny Dobrovinsky, Lex Drewinski, Stasys Eidrigevicius, the Faldin Family, Kevin Finn, Emily Firebaugh, Robert Grossman, Hilppa Hyrkäs,  Allison Hefely, Homework (Joanna Górska & Jerzy Skakun), Viktor Koen, Boris Kulikov, Yossi Lemel, Alain Le Quernec, Uwe Loesch, Alexandria Lopresti, Alexey Lysogorov, Antti Raudaskoski, Kari Piippo, Woody Pirtle, Joe Scorsone & Alice Drueding, Eugeniusz Skorwider, Lanny Sommese, Anatoliy Omelchenko, Derek Vander Griend and Dimon Zakharov.

Posters by  JAN BAJTLIK, Poland / YOSSI LEMEL, Israel  / KARI PIIPPO, Finland / STASYS EIDRIGEVICIUS, Poland
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Rodchenko 120 Poster Campaign

Year 2012 was the year of the 120th anniversary of the great avant-garde artist Alexander Rodchenko.
To celebrate this event Russian Academy of Graphic Design together with Moscow biennale of Graphic Design “Golden bee” (member of Icograda) launched a commemorative action “Rodchenko 120”. This landmark undertaking was conducted in a form of poster exhibitions with an aim of exploring the influence of Russian avant-garde on the world of art. The exhibits  were held all throughout 2012 in cities and towns all over the globe. Chicago,  Mexico, Indianapolis, Paris, Puebla, Taipei, Moscow, Tehran are just to name a few.

 Выставка плаката «Александр Родченко – 120». Куратор Сергей Серов_ВИНЗАВОД
Rodchenko 120 Poster Campaign, Moskow


Alexander Rodchenko was one of the most versatile Constructivist and Productivist artists to emerge after the russian revolution. He worked as a painter and graphic designer before turning to photomontage and photography. his photography was socially engaged, formally innovative, and opposed to a painterly aesthetic. Much of the work of 20th century graphic designers is a direct result of Rodchenko’s earlier work in the field. his influence has been pervasive enough that it would be nearly impossible to single out all of the designers whose work he has influenced. For artists of the Russian revolution, Rodchenko’s radical action was full of utopian possibility. It marked the end of easel painting – perhaps even the end of art – along with the end of bourgeois norms and practices. it cleared the way for the beginning of a new russian life, a new mode of production, a new culture.

Rodchenko 120 exhibit consists of posters created by today’s leading Russian graphic designers, among whom are:
Eric Belousov / Vladimir Chaika / Alexander Faldin / Yuri Gulitov / Igor Gurovich / Eugeny Dobrovinsky / Erken Kagarov / Dmitry Kavko / Elena Kitaeva / Alexander lavrentyev-Rodchenko / Andrey Logvin / Dmitry Rekin / Tagir Safaev / Andrey Shelutto / Yuri Surkov / Protey Temen / Boris Trofimov / Dmitry Zakharov

Idea&Curator: Serge Serov
Curator in the US:  Olga Severina

Evgenii Dobrovinskii

Nikolay Shtok Rodchenko 120 original
Nikolai Shtok

Andrei Logvin

Yuri  Gulitov

Dmitry Rekin
Dmitrii Rekin