Soviet Children’s Book Art at London’s House of Illustration

Art by Lidia Popova

Art by Lidia Popova


London’s House of Illustration, currently hosting the marvellous  Comix Creatrix exhibition, will host an exhibition of  Soviet children’s picture book illustration from Russa from the end of May.

Art by Eduard Kimmer

Art by Eduard Kimmer


With their perfect synthesis of typography, design and illustration, Soviet children’s books in the 1920s and 1930s revolutionised the picture book form against a turbulent political backdrop. Subjects ranged from folk tales and contemporary children’s verse to books on the modern world and Soviet education, brought to life with bold colours, dynamic shapes and playful layouts.

Art by Vladimir Tambi

Art by Vladimir Tambi


The exhibition at the House of Illustration will explore this period of unprecedented innovation, from the pre-revolutionary ‘Silver Age’ of Russian illustration to the pioneers of Soviet children’s publishing. 

A selection of rare books and original works from the unparalleled collection of Sasha Lurye will provide a window on this fertile and fascinating moment in 20th century illustration.

Discover rarely-seen work by some of the most influential figures of the age, including Vladimir Tambi, sisters Olga and Galena Chicagova, and Vladimir Lebedev, whose avant garde illustrations for prominent poet and translator Samuil Marshak such as Circus and Luggage have become iconic.

A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia opens on 27th May and will run until 11th September 2016 | More details here on the House of Illustration web site

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