The Smart Museum of Art presents Vision and Communism, an exhibition running through January 22, 2012. Soviet artist and designer Viktor Koretsky creates aggressive and emotionally charged images that work to articulate a Communist vision of the world in stark contrast to conventional or Western propaganda.
Koretsky’s work seeks to create emotional connections between Soviet citizens and other people who are struggling for civil rights around the world. His vision of a multicultural world of shared sacrifice presents an alternative to the consumerism of the West. Koretsky’s art depicts what “avant-garde late Communist art” would have looked like if the world had ever seen it mature.
This exhibition presents almost 90 of Koretsky’s posters, photographs and original maquettes. The Smart Museum of Art is the first major museum exhibition in the US to focus on Koretsky. Along with a publication that explores dissident Soviet culture and a screening of films by Aleksandr Medvedkin and Chris Marker, Vision and Communism presents a reinterpretation of visual communication in the USSR.
Located on the University of Chicago’s campus, the Smart is home to world-renowned special exhibitions and houses a permanent collection of over 10,000 objects that spans five thousand years of creation. The Smart has established itself as a leading academic art museum and agent of thought-provoking consideration of the visual arts and their place in society.
The Smart Museum of Art is located at the University of Chicago at 5550 South Greenwood Avenue. For additional information, please call 773.702.0200 or visit Smart Museum of Art.
Emmaline Niendorf is an Integrated Marketing Associate with Otherwise Incorporated.