Work and Play Behind The Iron Curtain 23.06.14

  • AMO-ZIL Factory, Moscow, 2014. (image: Roman Suslov)

  • AMO-ZIL Factory, Moscow, 2014. (image: Roman Suslov)

  • AMO-ZIL Factory, Moscow, 2014. (image: Roman Suslov)

  • AMO-ZIL Factory, Moscow, 2014. (image: Roman Suslov)

  • AMO-ZIL Factory, Moscow, 2014. (image: Roman Suslov)

  • A group of workers at ZIL (then known as AMO), 1926

  • Production line at ZIL, 1950s

  • ZIL workers adding the finishing touches to a limousine, 1940s

  • A group of workers in a ZIL vehicle, 1930s

  • It’s Time for a Grand Housewarming, poster for a 1959 Soviet documentary on the new urban reforms

  • Nevalyashka dolls, produced from 1958

  • Seltzer bottle, 1960s

  • Vertushka dial-less telephone

  • Rigonda-102 gramophone radio, 1971

An exhibition of objects and photographs sheds light on the Soviet Union's consumer culture

Concepts of consumption and commerce may seem diametrically opposed to the ideals of the Soviet Union, but an exhibition at the Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (GRAD) aims to show that they were inextricably linked.

Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain explores the changing face of Soviet design from the 1917 revolution to Perestroika through a selection of quirky, colourful designed objects that emerged from the 1950s onwards and a series of photographs of Moscow’s ZIL factory, which manufactured both vehicles and consumer objects. Here are some of the items and pictures on display.

Read articles from our May 2014 "Factories" issue here

 

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GRAD, ZIL and Moscow Design Museum

 

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