Russian Art

A Communist Era Leftover

Photo by Enzie Shahmiri

When I was in Dresden in 2009 I took this photo of a socialist mural on the side of Dresden’s

Palace of Culture . Opened in 1969 the East German government had this mural made for this socialist/modernist style building. Socialist realism


was the officially approved type of art in the Soviet Union for nearly sixty years. All material goods and means of production belonged to the community as a whole, this included means of producing art, which were also seen as powerful propaganda tools.

I am always amazed how artists of the same era create art work in stark contrast.

Spring Day by Nikolai Pozdneev

Sensitive and colorful, these images show a more relaxed approach to life.

Malaya Sadovaya Street

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