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Freedom to the Greek People!

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Moscow (printed)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mistakidi, K. (artist)
    Grigoriev, S. (editors)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    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.1752-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR22

This poster was created in response to the Greek military coup of 1967 that resulted in the deposition of Constantine II and established the rule of the colonels under Papadopoulos. The designer K. Mistakidi (a name which implies Greek origin) uses powerful imagery in order to convey the suffering of the Greek people and condemn the dictatorial regime that suppressed them. The intention is to show the solidarity and support of the Soviet Union - and thus spread communist doctrine.

Physical description

Greek flag with white cross and stripes on a blue background. The blue square and white cross are depicted as prison windows with men and women looking at the viewer in desperation. A black swastika is superimposed over the cross. The slogan's red letters appear as though written in blood.

Place of Origin

Moscow (printed)

Date

1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Mistakidi, K. (artist)
Grigoriev, S. (editors)

Materials and Techniques

colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Freedom to the People of Greece!
translated from the Russian

K. Mistakidi artist / S. Grigoriev editor; triage 45,000; price- 10 kopeek.

Publishing house “Sovetskii hudojnik (Soviet artist)”, Moscow, 1968

Typography number 5, 21 Malo-Moscovskaya Street, Moscow

Dimensions

Height: 58.5 cm, Width: 89.5 cm

Descriptive line

Soviet propaganda poster (solidarity with Greece). 1968.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Solidarity; Prisoners; Communism; Ideology; Politics; Freedom; Swastika

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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