Art Review: Powerful Propaganda At The British Library

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 6 months ago
Art Review: Powerful Propaganda At The British Library
A Red Army poster. Copyright British Library.

We've already had the Royal Academy's big Russian show, now it's the turn of the British Library to commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution. This is the broadest in scope, covering every aspect of Russia a century ago through masses of literature, including a rare first edition of the Communist Manifesto.

The real strength of this exhibition lies in the extensive collection of propaganda posters. Whether it's villagers fleeing from the White Army or Japan made out to be a giant monster, the style of these pieces is strikingly superb. The best Russian Revolution show of the year so far. Russian Revolution: Hopes, Tragedy, Myth at The British Library, £13.50, until 29 August ★★★★☆

Last Updated 03 May 2017