Monday, 10 February 2014


For anyone interested in silent films, graphic design and posters this is the exhibition for you!
The KINO/FILM: SOVIET POSTERS OF THE SILENT SCREEN is a fantastic collection of rare Russian posters. 

The exhibition is on at GRAD (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design), which is tucked away on a side street between Oxford Circus and the iconic Art Deco gem of BBC Broadcasting House in central London.

GRAD's stylish sign outside their gallery.

Display of the posters in the window.

Inside you will find a feast of beautifully designed posters all contained in one big room. They are bursting with Soviet era aesthetics and each have a surprising energy, confidence and unique sense of colour.

The calm and beautifully set out exhibition room.

Russian design has always had an individual style and the gorgeous typography only adds to the brilliance and skill involved in making these posters.

Simply stunning poster of the 1926 film, The Three Million Case.

Just look at the fantastic use of unusual colours and typography, WOW!

Wonderfully, alongside the posters, some of the silent films of the era are beamed onto the walls. These startling and ingenious films gave you the perfect context for the posters. Possibly the most famous Russian film, Battleship Potemkin, was of course shown, but we were transfixed by the beguiling little film called Chess Fever.

This is the 1928 film Chess Fever beamed onto the wall between the posters.

As an added extra, music of the era was quietly and subtlety played in the background allowing you to fully absorb yourself into the whole experience.

You can see the posters on their website, but I fully recommend you see them close-up. The bods at GRAD very generously allow you to take pictures as well. 

Striking use of daring colour on Decembrists from 1928.

Classic Soviet era typography on the brilliantly named Heroes of the Blast Furnace (1928).

Simply brilliant set of posters from the films The Uprising (1928), Oil (1927) and Cement (1928).

Another still from Chess Fever, what a lovely film it was!

Here are all the details you need:

3-4a Little Portland Street,

And entrance is FREE!!

For anyone interested in cinematic history, you may like to know I've created a collage of 1940s Spanish film posters from my own collection.
Find one at my stall at the SOUTHEND VINTAGE FAIR on the 2nd March, see you there!

My own design, available in a frame, fridge magnet or card!

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