Exhibition Dates

May 27 – September 11, 2016

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A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia

A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia

May 27 – September 11, 2016
House of Illustration, London

With their perfect synthesis of typography, design and illustration, Soviet children’s books in the 1920s and 1930s revolutionised the picture book form against a turbulent political backdrop. Subjects ranged from folk tales and contemporary children's verse to books on the modern world and Soviet education, brought to life with bold colours, dynamic shapes and playful layouts. The exhibition will explore this period of unprecedented innovation, from the pre-revolutionary 'Silver Age' of Russian illustration to the pioneers of Soviet children's publishing. A selection of rare books and original works from the unparalleled collection of Sasha Lurye will provide a window on this fertile and fascinating moment in 20th century illustration. Discover rarely-seen work by some of the most influential figures of the age, including Vladimir Tambi, sisters Olga and Galina Chichagova, and Vladimir Lebedev, whose avant garde illustrations for prominent poet and translator Samuil Marshak such as Circus and Luggage have become iconic. “Out with bourgeoise crocodiles! How the Soviets rewrote children's books” – Guardian

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