The year of space: VDNKh invites to the exhibition of Soviet posters “First in the World”

February 20

The exhibition “First in the World” will open at VDNKh as part of the year of space at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre. ‘The exhibition was prepared on the basis of the archive materials of the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics,’ said Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Major of Moscow.

‘The exhibition area will open on 19 February. This is the first great event of the year of space at VDNKh — a large program in honour of the landmark achievements of Soviet cosmonautics. About 100 posters of the 1950–1960s, united by space themes, will be presented at the exhibition. Their authors are the famous artists of that time: Irakly Toidze, Valentin Viktorov and others,’ said Natalya Sergunina.

The Soviet program of space conquest, thanks to which the whole world took a new look at the possibilities of mankind, is the pride of our country. The program was reflected in literature, cinema, graphic arts. Posters demonstrating space achievements could be seen in any town or city of the USSR. They were placed on street stands, at plants and factories, in educational institutions, in cultural centres and libraries.

The exposition will include three thematic areas. In the first of them entitled ‘The Way is Open for Man!’, visitors will be able to view posters dedicated to the Soviet space program, for instance, the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite. The area also includes posters with the photographs of pilot-cosmonauts Yury Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova and others.

The second thematic block ‘Let There Be Piece!’ will tell about the impact of space flights on everyday life. The posters presented in it call for new horizons in education and labour, where the achievements of space heroes are the main point of reference, such as the poster by Valentin Viktorov ‘Heroic Labour — the Path to Cosmic Victories.’ In the same area, space symbols are integral elements of posters dedicated to favourite holidays — New Year, International Women’s Day and others.

In the third area entitled ‘Sons of October — Pioneers of the Universe!’, visitors will find the most impressive examples of propaganda poster art in the USSR. They particularly emphasize the role of the Communist Party in outer space exploration and the superiority of the Soviet Union in the world space race.

The exhibition “First in the World” will be interesting not only for guests wishing to get into the atmosphere of the era of glorious space victories and nationwide pride, but also for those who want to study the Soviet poster as a genre of graphic arts, popular in the middle of the 20th century. We invite you to get acquainted with the works of famous poster artists and make a fascinating journey through time,’ noted Fedor Yurchikhin, pilot-cosmonaut, Hero of Russia, President of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre at VDNKh.

Soviet posters were created as visual aids demonstrating the achievements of the society and science. They are notable for their imagery and informational content. They included training, instructional-and-methodological and educational genres. Posters were widely spread from 1918 to the early 1990s.

The exhibition will be arranged under the dome of the Kosmos (Space) pavilion (to the left of the ‘KB-3. Cosmodrome of the Future’ site). You can visit it with a ticket to the main exhibition area of the pavilion from 19 February. You can find out the opening hours and ticket prices on the website. The exhibition will be conducted in compliance with all sanitary and epidemiological requirements. Visitors should maintain social distancing, wear gloves and masks.

The Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre is located in renovated historical pavilion No. 34, Kosmos (Space), at VDNKh. This pavilion was open in April 2018. The Centre is the largest space museum complex in Russia, its large-scale exposition is devoted to the history of the achievements of the domestic space industry.


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