Exhibitions/ Art Object

The Reality of Our Plan is Active People

Artist:
Mikhail Rozulevich (Russian, active 1930s)
Date:
1933
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 28.8 x 47 cm (11 5/16 x 18 1/2 in.) Frame: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Fellows of Photography Fund
Not on view
Razulevich initially produced this photomontage in 1932 to decorate Leningrad’s Uritsky Square (now Saint Petersburg’s Palace Square) for the fifteenth anniversary of the October Revolution. The artist combined more than three hundred images from the state archives into an enormous, seamless whole, about twenty-three yards long. The industrial landscape in the background was a composite of several images of the major construction projects undertaken as part of Stalin’s first Five-Year Plan (1928–32). Smaller copies of the photomural were installed in train stations throughout the city.