• Soviet Visuals

Updated: Mar 14

Fine porcelain has traditionally been considered an aristocratic material, and was also painted in accordance with the tastes of the rich. However, after the 1917 revolution in Russia, it turned into a material for promotion of revolutionary ideas. A new term агитфарфор (Russian: propaganda porcelain) was promptly coined.

Cubistic Hammer and Sickle plate by Sergei Chekhonin, 1919

Suprematic teapot and two cups by Kazimir Malevich, 1923

Vladimir Lenin plate, 1920s

Squares and Black Circle by Nicolai Suetin, 1923

Cosmonauts and rocket figurine, Gzhel porcelain factory, 1960s

"From Taiga to Construction" teapot, 1933

"Chess" tea set, 1963

"Hot noon"

figurine by Asta Březicka, Dulyovo porcelain factory, 1966

"Lunokhod -1" Soviet Moon rover mug, 1971

Tea set by Leningrad porcelain factory, 1963

Following Karl Marx's idea of religion being 'the opium of the people', the USSR became the first state to have the elimination of religion as an ideological objective.

Scientific atheism was proclaimed the official policy, enforced by the state and encouraged by anti-religious propaganda.

We've collected some particularly interesting exhibits below...

1930s Soviet anti-religion illustration (artist unknown)

"Religion is poison! Protect the children!", 1930.

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“Don’t be deceived by priests! Free yourself from the religious dope!”, 1933

"Religion is a brake for the five-year-plan.

Down with religious holidays.

All religions equally interfere with socialist construction.", 1930

"Do not believe in his meekness. He does not care about the soul. Such a Jehovah's witness is a traitor to the homeland, a spy!", 1962

"Religion is darkness!", 1963

"There Is No God!", 1975

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“Women! Break away from the religious traps! Build socialism!”, 1930

"Servants of God ...", 1961

"The sacred duty of honest people is to save the the children from the darkness of the church", 1970s