A show at GRAD exploring Soviet design from the 1917 Revolution to Perestroika

GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design will open from June 20th to August 24th  Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain, an exhibition examining the changing face of Soviet design from the 1917 Revolution to Perestroika. Curated by GRAD’s Elena Sudakova and Alexandra Chiriac, the exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Moscow Design Museum and ZIL.

Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain brings together over fifty key objects featuring the quirky, colourful and often charming design style that emerged from the 1950s in the Soviet Union. The preceding period, bound by more severe, functional principles, is examined through models and photographs from the famous ZIL factory, which produced both armoured trucks and domestic appliances. Part of GRAD’s on-going exploration of Russian design history, this show tackles a relatively unknown yet prolific period.

Nevalyashka Dolls, produced from 1958

Nevalyashka Dolls, produced from 1958
Courtesy GRAD and Moscow Design Museum

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