• Soviet Visuals

Updated: Apr 9

The Soviet motor vehicle industry started with the establishment of large car manufacturing plants during the first five-year plan in 1928-1932. By the mid-50s, 54.2 thousand passenger cars and 313.6 thousand trucks were registered in the USSR. Most of the vehicles were state-owned. Before its dissolution, the USSR produced 2.1-2.3 million automobiles per year, and was world’s sixth largest automotive producer.

GAZ 24 Volga, 1980s

VNIIT-PT concept taxi van, 1964

"Kharkovchanka" all-terrain vehicle, meant to conquer the Arctic and the Antarctic in the 1950s

GAZ-M20 Pobeda Sport car prototype, 1951

"Buran" snowmobile, 1970s

Camel shaped propaganda vehicle, Soviet Central Asia, 1930s

PAZ-672 passenger bus, 1969

Moskvich 412 advertising poster, 1970s

BelAZ-540 heavy-duty dump truck prototype designed by Valentin Kobylinsky,1965

ZIL-49061 "Blue Bird" amphibious rescue vehicle, used for the recovery of Soyuz space crews, 1975

  • Soviet Visuals

Updated: Jun 22

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