Propaganda and Dreams exhibition opens in Moscow, photos of the US and USSR from the 1930s Alfa-Bank sponsors the exhibition

The “Propaganda and Dreams” Exhibition Opens in Moscow, Photographs of the US and USSR from the 1930s. Alfa-Bank Sponsors the Exhibition

The exhibition was on display in Washington D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from June to October of 1999 and in New York at the International Center of Photography from November 1999 to February 2000.

“Propaganda and Dreams” was already in Samara. “Thanks to Alfa-Bank’s support the exhibition was well done,” according to Yevgeny Berezner, assistant director of ROSIZO (a Moscow state-owned exhibition center).

From June 29 to August 1, 2000, the exhibition will be on display in Moscow at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and then in Saint Petersburg at the Russian State Museum.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.) organized the exhibition, whose tour in Russia is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and is organized by ROSIZO with the assistance of the US Embassy.

Chemonics International Inc. is the main sponsor of the exhibition’s tour in the US and Russia. Alfa-Bank provided support for Russia along with various companies such as Boeing Operations International, Castrol Central and Eastern Europe GmbH, and United Technologies International Operations. Delta Air Lines transported the display.

Photographs included 39 Soviet and 22 American photographs. American, European, and Russian museums, archives, and corporate and private collectors, including the United States Congressional Library, provided the photographs.

The objective of the exhibition was to compare depicted life of the two countries under social and artist trends of the time.

The exhibition reflects the 1930s, an era when political, economic, ideological, social, and cultural principles were formulated and instilled in both countries. Lia Bendavid Vel, chief editor of National Geographic, comments, “The exhibition demonstrates two groups of art. One was created in the US to define the “american dream” in relation to the Great Depression. The other was the goal of the USSR in the 1930s to spread the idea of Utopia. Many of the photographs, posters, and books became part of our national heritage.”

Additional information about the exhibition can found on www.photographer.ru, and even at the press center of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art.