exhibition

Time to Fly: Soviet Film Posters from the 1970s and 80s

01 December 2022 — 26 February 2023
  • Time to Fly: Soviet Film Posters from the 1970s and 80s

Erarta Museum presents an exhibition of Soviet film posters showcasing remarkable works of graphic and printing arts 

  • Posters advertising iconic masterpieces by cult directors as well as rare movies by relatively unknown filmmakers

  • Strikingly original imagery that both intrigues and visually stimulates the viewer

  • Artist’s unique take on the films by Andrey Tarkovsky, Kira Muratova, Francis Ford Coppola, Miloš Forman, Peter Faiman, and many others

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The Time to Fly Soviet film poster exhibition comprises nearly 40 posters, mainly from the 1980s: created in the pre-digital era, these are remarkable works of graphic and printing arts. Soviet artists who designed film posters at the time found themselves in a truly unparalleled situation: while the Socialist Realism canon was no longer dominant, the Hollywood marketing standards had not yet arrived. For a certain time period, artists enjoyed relevant freedom of expression.

Despite the fact that film posters of the time were designed by the so-called ‘official’ artists, their output was decidedly free from any official narrative and marked instead with the playfulness of Modernist and Surrealist art. Each poster features strikingly original imagery that both intrigues and visually stimulates the viewer. This is hardly surprising: these are the creations of true masters of their craft, including Yuri Ilyin-Adayev, Leonid Bogdanov, Igor Maistrovsky, and many others.

The show at Erarta encompassing the posters by twenty Soviet graphic artists has an intimate, informal feel. In addition to presenting the film poster as an art form, it reminds of an epoch now gone and of its movies which the viewer might feel inspired to re-watch. We hope you enjoy this experience.

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