Crumbling Empire at The Wende Museum Features The Soviet Poster Show / Shepard Fairey / Sun Mu
Wende Museum curator Joes Segal has assembled four important poster collections under the exhibition titled Crumbling Empire. The Tom and Jeri Ferris Russian Collection feature works by important artists from the Soviet Bloc asking viewers to seek aesthetic and political parallels, continuities, and differences in subversive expressions across national and historical contexts. Poster work by artist Shepard Fairey brings a present-day interpretation of protest poster art. The Ron Miriello Soviet Poster Show collection, in conjunction with AIGA/San Diego, provides an unique historical context with original posters from the Soviet Glasnost and Peristroika period. The Wende also presents the first U.S. museum exhibition of the North Korean dissident artist Sun Mu who fled his country in 1998. Trained as a propaganda-poster artist, Sun Mu continues to work in the style in which he once glorified the North Korean army and state leaders, ironically turning propagandistic messages on their heads. Present at the exhibition opening, Sun Mu spoke about his journey and provided weight and significance to the ongoing role of protest art.
View the Sun Mu exhibition catalog
THE WENDE MUSEUM / Crumbling Empire | LOCATION: 10808 Culver Blvd. Culver City CA 90230 | February 10, 2019 - June 2, 2019
Wende Museum website