Crumbling Empire: The Tom and Jeri Ferris Russian Collection of Glasnost and Perestroika Paintings

The Wende Museum
The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Sunday, June 2, 2019 

Tower of Socialism

In collaboration with AIGA San Diego, the Wende Museum will display Soviet paintings from the Tom and Jeri Ferris Russian Collection. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a circle of 38 Moscow-based artists painted 234 iconic works to be printed as posters, but only a handful of them were actually made into posters. The paintings, in the collection of the Wende Museum, sketch a critical, sometimes highly ironic, picture of communism in general and of Soviet history in particular, documenting the population’s fading trust in the system during the last years of the Soviet Union. The collection will be supplemented by glasnost- and perestroika-era posters from  AIGA San Diego, some of which are based on the Wende Museum paintings.