Graphic art: War, totalitarianism, human - XX century propaganda in placards

19:27 Oct. 21, 2016

War, totalitarianism, human - XX century propaganda in placards

“Ephemerides. XX Century in Posters” exhibition in Mystetsky Arsenal (UNIAN Photo)

The art complex in Kyiv, Mystetskyi Arsenal, has launched the exhibition "Ephemerides. XX Century in Posters"

The project "Ephemerides. XX Century in Posters" displays Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Czech and Polish posters of XX century and is divided into three key segments – "War", "Totalitarianism" and "Human."

The section "War" exhibits placards that created the visual image of the enemy, used in opposition to the national hero-soldier. Placards in the segment "Totalitarianism" demonstrate the connection between a person and a government, as totalitarian regimes took the absolute control over people. The subdivision "Human" gathers the collection of placards that reveal how people survived the times of social troubles and humanitarian crisis.


Read more Orpheus's Song In Light and Colour

The XX century witnessed global societal renovation and the exhibition studies how placards manipulated the mass consciousness, as these artworks had been used to appeal to people and make them take action.


Read more Ukrainian pavilion is to open at FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum

"A placard is viewed as a mass product, the medium of communication, which is able to form a visual culture of the society, to dictate modern tendencies, propagate ideologies," said the co-curator of the exhibition, historian Anastasia Cherednichenko.

The placards by famous Czech Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha, are the most valuable and popular exhibits. It took a year for Mystetskyi Arsenal to organize the exhibition.

comments powered by Disqus
comments powered by Disqus


Entertainment13:05 Dec. 7, 2016
Ukraine Today's Christmas special
Entertainment12:30 Dec. 7, 2016
St Kateryna Day - holiday long anticipated by Ukrainian girls
Entertainment11:20 Dec. 7, 2016
Ukrainian pupil wins international art contest in Great Britain
Entertainment17:35 Dec. 6, 2016
Did you behave this year?
Entertainment17:22 Dec. 6, 2016
Fairy tales from the frontline: soldiers promote Ukrainian language
Subscribe to receive regular email updates about Ukraine and Eastern Europe