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WINDOWS ON WAR SOVIET POSTERS 1943-1945
THIS EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE IN 2008 FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM’S MANUSCRIPTS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Russia is under attack: all are called to bolster the war effort, even artists and poets. They created an extraordinary set of posters. Some were handmade (called ‘windows’), while some were printed, with cartoons or sentimental images, and biting or emotive captions. The posters were responses to the war news channelled by the Soviet Telegraphic Agency (TASS) which sponsored the painters and writers. The Windows were stencilled in hundreds, while the printed posters had runs of thousands. Their life was short, their relevance brief, but their impact vivid. Relatively few of the original 1250 Windows survive but an exceptional collection of 129 posters is held by The University of Nottingham, within the research holdings of Manuscripts and Special Collections. The original posters are now fragile, requiring special preservation conditions, but their colours still vibrant: digital reproduction techniques have made possible this rare exhibition, the first from the University collection. LUNCHTIME TALK THURSDAY 15 JANUARY 1-PM LECTURE TUESDAY 27 JANUARY 6PM - 7PM STUDY DAY SATURDAY 28 FEB 11.30AM - 4PM