What to Do: See Political Cartoons

Courtesy Of Galeriya MamontovikhKukryniksy are known for their caricatures.
Tsaritsyno estate museum will exhibit works by Kukryniksy, a Soviet art group of the 1930s and '40s famous for their political cartoons and posters.

Their nickname is derived from the combination of individual artists' surnames: Mikhail Kupriyanov, Porfiry Krylov and Nikolai Sokolov. The three artists, known separately as landscape painters, met at Vkhutemas school, the short-lived concentration of Moscow's avant-garde artists and architects. Together they received national acclaim for their political caricatures drawn before and during World War II.

Their better-known work includes a series of anti-fascist drawings published in Krokodil magazine, wartime propaganda posters and satire directed against the western bourgeois way of life. The sharp visual language of their caricatures was formed before the age of political correctness and served the ideological needs of the Soviet Union. Wartime posters like "We shall mercilessly destroy the enemy!" and "Death to the viper!" boosted soldier morale with wicked humor and bright colors.

The trio also illustrated works of Saltykov-Shchedrin, Chekhov, Gorky, and Ilf and Petrov's novel "The Golden Calf."

The exhibition at Tsaritsyno will put over 100 original works on view, including posters, drawings, and sketches made during the Nuremberg trials in postwar Germany. All the works come from a private collection.

"History through the eyes of Kukryniksy"
April 29 -- May 31
Tsaritsyno Estate Museum
The Grand Palace
M. Tsaritsyno or Orekhovo.
Admission 150 rubles.