3 Moscow Exhibitions of Media Art: From Soviet Posters to Japanese Anime

Media facades, colorful signs, tickers… One just needs to walk down a Moscow street and a dynamic image will soon appear: fast frame rates, scraps of words. It seems as though you’re dealing with the matrix, made up of advertisements and big city lights. Upon your choice, something will definitely catch your eye, something will be missed, and something will entail you down the rabbit hole of new impressions.

Not long ago, the city looked completely different. The notorious “attack of images” was much softer and not so intrusive. All those signs and posters remind us of the times when the city was not yet so bright, but still no less interesting.

“Revived Posters”

A theatrical poster in the 20th century played its own performance. On a plane, using a bottomless arsenal of graphic techniques, it was more dynamic and more interesting than many modern advertising signs, not to mention in regards to modern theater posters, the main advantage of which is a sort-of good-quality picture of the advertised performance. Yes, artists used to have much more space for creativity and play with fonts and images.

The exhibition in the Bakhrushin Museum is a supplemented reconstruction of theatrical costumes and movie productions. Thus the authors of the exhibition have decided to help the viewer feel the ideas of the old posters. We have lost the habit of creating these types of posters. Alas.

Where: State Central Theater Museum Bakhrushin
When: Until November 6


“More of Life. Soviet Sports Posters”

The exhibition curator, designer and artist Elena Kitaeva, who created the visual image of the “Kultura” TV channel, came to the conceptual design of the exhibition space: getting here, the viewer literally finds himself at the stadium.

In the stands there are Soviet posters announcing sporting events. And the first thing that catches the eye is the pure idea of sports–not the magazine’s gloss, the essence of which is to sell the image with all the associated costs (fitness, sporty people wearing certain brands, food and supplements), and not the ascetic-criminal world of underground gyms, where the next “fighter” is tempering. No. Here the body is taken as a result of self-discipline and strong character. Of faith in a brighter future, if you will. Sport, as a natural state of man, without narcissism, a selfie and aggression. Where can one find such a perception nowadays?

Where: Winzavod
When: Until October 30

Soviet Posters

“Tadanori Yokoo. The Art of Meanings”

At the exhibition hall you can see Tadanori Yokoo’s name made with neon lights. It’s both a sign and a trademark, which immediately sets the basic tone of the exhibition: Japan of the second half of the 20th century, the time of “wild” postmodernism and of mixing eastern and western techniques, ideas and views.

Collages by Yokoo have already become classics. Printed on a transparent film, they resemble retro-futuristic fantasy containing a bit of national identity. Here are the Japanese flag, Sakura, quotes from European art, as well as vinyl covers with quotes belonging to Hindu culture.

In a separate room you can watch some animation of the artist relaxing on padded stools. That’s how the circle closes: from posters to the modern media culture. Everything is possible in Japan.

Where: National Museum of Oriental Art
When: Until November 6

Japanese Poster

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Journalist, columnist. Aware of all the cultural events in Moscow. Always knows what to do with free time, therefore usually feels a lack of it.

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