Pretty interesting exhibition these days at the Smith College Museum of Art: Godless Communists: Soviet Antireligious Propaganda.
Dmitri Moor – The Mystery of Christ c. 1920s
Following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, religious observance, â€œthe opium of the people,â€? had to give way to the ideals of the Communist state. Between 1918 and 1939, the Soviet government engaged in an extensive anti-religious campaign which used posters, periodicals, photographs, films and event places such as museums of atheism to ridicule and disparage religions. The campaigns were supported by harsh legislation and brutal oppression of the clergy and religious laity, many of whom were persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, or killed.
At the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, through February 11, 2007.
Via art daily.