24 November 2011-1 April 2012. This exhibition, entitled Windows on War, displays a selection of Russian posters and lithographs, produced in the Soviet Union during world war two and given to the South African Library in 1954.
These large and coloured posters, better known as Tass Windows, were often accompanied by a didactic text or by a poem. They were printed, using a highly sophisticated technique called pochoir, shortly after the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany in 1941 and testify the strength of the support guaranteed by South Africa to the Soviet Union during the years of war.
This exhibition pays a special tribute to Jonathan Bendt, who had the idea of this exhibition, but unfortunately died in August 2010.
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Russian Posters from World War II
South African National Gallery. Government Avenue, Company's Garden, Cape Town, tel. +27 (0)21 481 3970. Daily 10.00-17.00.