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Poster - Sowjetparadies

Sowjetparadies

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1951 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    The Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1171-2004

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Association for Peace and Freedom, the German organisation that issued this propaganda poster, stood against Soviet Comunism. While "Vacation in a Soviet Paradise - Unforgettable!" could easily be the tag line for a 1950s travel poster, it is here paired with an image of shadowy figures behind bars. The ironic slogan printed on this poster makes reference to Soviet political prisoners held without trial. It seeks to highlight the wrongful imprisonments occurring in the Soviet bloc while more generally calling attention the abuses of civil liberties, particularly those perpetrated under the leadership of Josef Stalin.
The fact that the figures' faces are not defined speaks to their universality: the message the issuers wish to convey is that under this regime, anyone could be incarcerated - including you, the viewer.

Physical description

Figures behind priosn bars. Text written in red.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1951 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

colour offset lithography

Marks and inscriptions

Ferier im Sowjetparadies - unvergesslich!
Vollesbund für Frieden u. Freiheit E.V. Bonn, Alexanderstraße 20

Dimensions

Height: 60.5 cm, Width: 42.6 cm

Descriptive line

"Ferier im Sowjetparadies - unvergesslich!" Germany. ca. 1951.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Germany; Propaganda; Socialism; Peace; Freedom; Prison

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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