Learning is light! Book publishing and educational poster in Russia in the first third of the twentieth century
Today, the Soviet period is often automatically reduced to the Gulag, which seems rather unfair in relation to such positive social projects as the elimination of illiteracy. A new exhibition at the Russian Museum in a sense restores the history of this project: it has collected more than a hundred works that agitated for popular education in the early Soviet years. There are ads for bookstores and libraries, as well as posters promoting the phenomenon of literacy. Tellingly, figures who have become classics of Russian art — Kustodiev and Deineka, as well as other less well-known authors-were involved in the work on the campaign.