The Utopian Avant-Garde: Soviet Film Posters of the 1920s

February 25–August 21, 2022

In the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution and subsequent civil war in Russia, a group of young, talented artists emerged, ready to contribute to and invent a new Soviet culture. As the government embraced cinema as the best means of propaganda, these designers created dynamic, experimental, explosive posters, papering the streets with wild colors and arresting imagery to draw people to the movies.

This exhibition explores the origins, high points, and eventual demise of this golden age of Soviet graphic design, showcasing the work of Alexander Rodchenko, the Stenberg brothers, Semyon Semyonov, and many more.

Based in New York City, Isometric collaborates with leading cultural institutions, universities, tech companies, and nonprofits to reinvent the way they present themselves visually and strategically. It expresses the missions of these organizations through visual identities, exhibitions, websites, and signage programs that convey intellectual rigor, aesthetic sophistication, and memorable storytelling. Through design, it advances an ethos of inclusion, equity, and justice, centering the lived experiences of marginalized people.

This exhibition comes to Poster House through a generous loan from The Ralph DeLuca Collection.  


Selected Images

A photomontage poster of a giant eye above the title with two twin boys looking up from the bottom.
Film-Eye, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko
Lithographic poster of two women repeated as a pair three times, their bodies turned into a striped fence while their feet and faces are photos.
Six Girls Seeking Shelter, 1928
Vladimir & Georgii Stenberg
A lithographic poster of a man made up of railroad and signal casings, his hands and feet and head being photomontaged.
Turksib, 1929
Semyon Semyonov
A lithographic poster of a woman's head looking out against a black background; one sixth of the upper left is peeled back to reveal red.
One Sixth of the World, 1926
Alexander Rodchenko
A lithographic poster of a Black boxer in a green outfit shown blocking against a striped background.
The Punishment, 1926
Nikolai Prusakov & Grigori Borisov
A lithographic poster of a man jumping over a striped background. In the lower panel a man is seen from above operating a movie camera.
In Spring, 1929
Vladimir & Georgii Stenberg
An offset poster of a ship's turret with two cannons facing out. It is surrounded by a diamond shaped boarder.
Battleship Potemkin, 1925
Alexander Rodchenko
A lithographic poster of a man made up of pencils and other office supplies tilting against a skyscraper.
Symphony of a Big City, 1928
Vladimir & Georgii Stenberg