Last week we came across a unique catalog that we couldn't resist sharing with you, entitled, Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children's Books and Graphic Art. Created in conjunction with a 2011 exhibition [of the same title] at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) of the University of Chicago's Library, this publication features distinct, bold and vibrant imagery from rare children's books and posters created under and in response to the Politburo of the Soviet Union. Drawn entirely from the Library’s holdings, the graphic works in Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary not only trace the complex relationship between Soviet ideology and experimental aesthetics that developed over a crucial period, but also exemplify an iconic design that came to define Soviet imagery and ultimately contributed to the avant-garde movement.

The select images below display a very interesting theme of
early Soviet Union art: that is, future-focused imagery aimed at children to subconsciously instill a responsibility to build a new world, as they were considered to be the first "true" Soviet generation.
Image of an illustration by Nikolai Fedorovich Denisovskii translated to “Bang the Drum!,” created in 1930, showing 12 profiles of women, all wearing red headscarves, three heads stacked in each row.Illustration by K. Kuznetsova, made in 1930, depicting the back of a truck with a young boy working and carrying something behind it in the other direction.Image of “Kupat'sia, katat'sia (Swimming, Riding),” by Evgenii Shvarts and Vera Ermolaeva in 1931, illustrating a small sailboat with three boys rowing.

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GES (L to R): Bie v Baraban! (Bang the Drum!), by E. Tarakhovskaia, 3rd ed.; Illustration; Modern; creation date: 1930; illustrator: Nikolai Fedorovich Denisovskii (Russian, 1901-1981). Publication location: Moscow (Russia). Subbonik (Saturday Work), by Mikhail Ruderman; Illustration; Modern; creation date: 1930; illustrator: K. Kuznetsova (Russian). Publication location: Moscow (Russia). Kupat'sia, katat'sia (Swimming, Riding), 2nd ed., by Evgenii Shvarts and Vera Ermolaeva; Illustration; Modern; creation date: 1931; illustrator: Evgenii Shvarts (Russian), illustrator: Vera Ermolaeva (Russian). Publication location: LENINGRAD (USSR).