Confronting the Voice of the Invincible Socialism
A Letter to Somebody
“I wanted to make a painting in the shape of a letter to somebody from the future and one day, somebody will discover this painting and will learn the truth about what life was like in the Soviet Union. It was intended as a letter to be discovered in the future. Very unexpectedly, the Soviet Union collapsed and I ended up being the very same person in the future who I had sent my letter to ” states Grisha Bruskin referring to Fundamental Lexicon.
The Powerful Slogans of Soviet Propaganda Posters
Study the Great Party’s Way of Lenin and Stalin! Glory to the Soviet Teacher! Workers of the World Unite! We’ll Give for the Building of Socialism in 1931 … 8 Million Ton of Raw Iron! We Smite the Lazy Workers! Glory to the worker-peasant Red Army – Guardian of Soviet Borders! Red Army Soldier, Save Us! We’ll Raise a Generation, Selflessly Loyal to Communism! We Can Do It! For the Motherland, for Stalin, for World Peace, for Communism! Every Day Life is Getting Better. Don’t talk.
Anyone who tears down or covers up this poster is committing a counter-revolutionary act.
Socialism is Invincible!
“It’s only natural that vivid artists’ imagination had to find some way out, so this new art emerged with strong protest notes in it. And all this was non-conformist, meaning not serving the regime,” explains the recently retired director of 50 years, Irina Antonova at the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow. “We need to understand that communism is not a regime, it’s an ideology. A regime can use some sensible, relevant and proper thoughts, and at the same time there can be governors who distort the ideology leading their countries to some criminal acts. These are two different problems” she examines. Grisha Bruskin was born in 1945 in Moscow at the beginning of the nuclear age and as the thaw period melted with stagnation setting in, he became active in the underground art community and later exhibited his works at the Pushkin Museum.
After the collapse, Bruskin felt challenged to reconcile this hidden history through art and memory. The story of this reconciliation lies in, The Frozen Theater.