REDS IN NEATISHEAD
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