Viva la revolucion! House of Illustration hosts an unprecedented look at original Cuban propaganda posters and magazines
Throughout the Cold War, artists including Alfredo Rostgaard, Helena Serrano and Emory Douglas produced provocative posters that were distributed in their millions alongside Tricontinental, a magazine that featured illustrated articles by Jean Paul Sartre, Che Guevara and Malcolm X.
Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics is the first major exhibition of graphic design from Cuba’s ‘golden age’. It brings together 100 posters and 70 magazines distributed across the globe by OSPAAAL: Fidel Castro’s Organisation of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America, an organisation founded to promote cooperation between socialist countries and liberation movements.
The works in the exhibition were produced by 33 designers, many of them women. All were created between 1965 and 1992, reframing the familiar story of the Cold War through a wholly unfamiliar angle.
While originally distributed freely in editions of thousands, OSPAAAL posters and magazines are now rare and highly sought-after. The works in the exhibition, drawn from a single UK private collection – The Mike Stanfield Collection – offer a rare insight into this defining period in Cuba’s design history.
“Brilliantly designed and hard-hitting… Fantastic exhibition, a must-see.” Londonist ★★★★★
“Remarkable… Psychedelic, astonishing, five stars.” Time Out ★★★★★
“A fascinating visual snapshot of Cuba’s communist history.” Creative Review
You can see Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics at House of Illustration from 27 Sept 2019 – 19 Jan 2020. Buy your tickets here.