Klutsis propaganda poster

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Klutsis propaganda poster


“Under the Banner of Lenin - Socialist Construction” is a photomontage poster created by Gustav Klutsis in 1930. It is an artifact of the Soviet propaganda campaign to shift the mindset of every Russian citizen through art. Klutsis’s posters are particularly useful means of propagandizing, due to their succinct slogans and images. By 1931, Klutsis’s posters were published in large quantities by Izogiz, the publishing house under central government control. They reached a wide audience domestically and attracted international attention. More recently, Klutsis’s propaganda has been featured in museum collections abroad.


Jenny Shore


"Under the Banner of Lenin - Socialist Construction"





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Lithograph poster of dimensions 38 3/8 x 28 1/4"

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Darius Altman

Most of what little I have read on Klutsis puts him within context of the art world -- it was very informative to hear a perspective placing him within context of the Russian state and its goals. Posters in general are often put in the art world when they should also be looked at for their value outside of art history -- I remember seeing this when I was studying early French poster design last fall.

Hunter Fortney

This poster object biography provides a great window into the ways that art and propaganda were connected in the soviet era. This connection is particularly interesting in the context of our readings that portrayed certain types of art as remnants of bourgeois society. Obvious during soviet times there was very clearly  “good” art and “bad” art.

Michael Sanders

The phrase “transformation of mass consciousness” seems a little chilling in this context. Even though this is part of a broader effort, the sort of persuation that just a poster like this offers with just the faces of Stalin and Lenin, and a couple views of the future USSR, is impressive.

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