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A once top se­cret mil­i­tary base in Nor­folk is to be taken over by the old en­emy when the Rus­sians stage a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion at the RAF Air De­fence Radar Mu­seum at Neatishead, near Horn­ing. The ham­mer and sickle will fly over the for­mer RAF base and mu­sic from the Red Army Choir will ring out in an ex­hi­bi­tion to co­in­cide with the cen­te­nary of the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion that brought the com­mu­nists to power in Rus­sia. The site came into its own dur­ing the 50-year stand-off be­tween the west and the com­mu­nist east. The spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures a unique col­lec­tion of Soviet era so­cial­ist re­al­ist pro­pa­ganda posters, a trade­mark of our one-time foes. The ex­hi­bi­tion also in­cludes art from some con­tem­po­rary Rus­sian artists, who give their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Cold War themes.

The Soviet pro­pa­ganda posters’ dis­tinc­tive style, de­pict­ing noble work­ers and Soviet he­roes, is in­stantly recog­nis­able. Most are from the 1970s and 1980s and fea­ture work­ers and space-race themes in­clud­ing the Soviet cos­mo­naut Yuri Alek­seye­vich Ga­garin.

Work by ris­ing Rus­sian art stars is also fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion, which is open Tues­days, Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days from Oc­to­ber 3 – 31, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion charges ap­ply for mu­seum, but the ex­hi­bi­tion is free.

One of the Rus­sian posters in the ex­hi­bi­tion

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