The Soviet Myth – Socialist Realism 1932 - 1960

The Soviet Myth – Socialist Realism 1932 - 1960

The Drents Museum is showing a wide selection of the most impressive and characteristic works of art produced in the Soviet Union under the dictatorship of Josef Stalin.

The Soviet Myth. Socialist Realism 1932 -1960 presents some 70 paintings idealising Soviet society. Until 9 June 2013 in Assen, the Netherlands.

Andrei Mylnikov,<em>On Peaceful Fields</em>,oil on canvas, 1950

Andrei Mylnikov,On Peaceful Fields,oil on canvas, 1950

Stalin era

The great majority of the paintings cover the period which roughly coincides with the dictatorship of Josef Stalin (1878 – 1953) from 1932 to 1953.

Idealised reality

It is not reality but rather an idealised reality that is depicted by the paintings. It is not daily life but rather hope that the artists portray. They create a shining, pulsating, vibrant modern mythology: the Soviet Myth.

The exhibition in the Drents Museum presents the main themes in Soviet art: countryside and industry, leader worship and the family, sport and the new image of women.


The exhibition will show the work of artists such as Alexander Deyneka, Alexander Samokhvalov, Isaak Brodsky, Arkady Plastov and Kazimir Malevich. Measuring an imposing two by four metres, On Peaceful Fields by Andrei Mylnikov from 1950 is one of the highlights.

The paintings are on loan from the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, which has the largest and foremost collection of its kind.

The life of 'ordinary' Russians

Together and Apart. Life in Russia from 1900 to Today gives visitors an added glimpse into the life of 'ordinary' Russians.

Alexsandr Deineka,<br><em>Collective farmer woman on bicycle</em><,oil on canvas, 1935</br>

Alexsandr Deineka,
Collective farmer woman on bicycle<,oil on canvas, 1935


To get a € 2 discount on the admission price, you will need to present your ING card (one person per card).

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