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Even as Stalin persecuted them, Soviet artists dreamed of a perfect future

Avoiding either apologia or condemnation, both of these exhibitions try to understand the unending desire to transform the quotidian

By Owen Hatherley   January 2018

The Appearance of The Collage No. 10 by Ilya Kabakov and Emilia Kabakov (2012)

Inside the Tate Modern’s two current exhibitions, which opened for the anniversary of what the Soviets used to call the Great October Proletarian Socialist Revolution, are images of two studios.

One of them is seen in a short film about the late British designer David King—his collection of Soviet posters, photographs, books and banners, which forms the basis of Red Star Over Russia: a Revolution in Visual Culture, 1905-1955. King, a committed Trotskyist who also worked…

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