Monday, March 21, 2011

STALINMANIA: The Soviet Dictator in Propaganda, Art and Advertising

"Rainbow Stalin" by dattedaisuke (C).


The image of Joseph Stalin, the brutal Soviet dictator, has been appearing with greater frequency over the past several years.  He is seen in pop art, advertising, satire, and illustrations.  Historically he was the subject of socialist realism art and other media.  It seems as if there is a Stalin "revival" in the works.

"Green Stalin" by Rinat Shingareev.

According to the EUObserver.com (Oct. 26, 2009), "Russian news agency Ria Novosti is rolling out a new public relations campaign in the political capital of the European Union which, according to sources in the PR industry, aims to justify Russia's great power ambitions and improve the image of Joseph Stalin."


The article says that a senior executive at the PR firm in question recalled one particular exchange with the RJI Companies envoy: "I asked him 'Do you want us to say that Stalin was not such a bad guy?' And he said 'Well, I know it will be difficult.' I said 'So, you want history to be rewritten?' And he said 'Yes, in a way'."
 
Stalin in socialist realism style poster from 1930s.

"Expect to see more articles in European newspapers saying that Stalin had his good points as well," the PR executive said.  While this post is not part of a campaign to "rehabilitate" or "promote" Stalin, it does present different artists visions of the brutal Soviet leader who is responsible for the deaths of millions of his own citizens.

Please see below for a video report on a Soviet-era "theme park" called Stalin World.

The image of Stalin graces a public bus in Russia.

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Stalin is advertising a rock radio station in Greece.
 
The image of Stalin is appearing on billboards in Russia.
"The Canonization of Joseph Stalin" (artist unknown)

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Above is the complete documentary "Stalin: Man of Steel."

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"Stalin" by Pablo Picasso (1953).
Watch this video report about "Stalin World"--a Stalinist "theme park" in Lithuania.

Yes, Stalin is even in a video game fighting Martians!
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1 comment:

  1. Am I to envy you, your fairy tale?
    When all I see, is cold, hard, truth.
    -Marc Breed
    http://artsgrandmaster.blogspot.com

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