Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain

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As part of this exhibition of quirky objects produced in the Soviet Union, kids aged five to nine can find out about life in the USSR from the gallery's curators and take part in drawing activities and treasure hunts (Saturdays 10.30am-1pm). The show features 50 items produced between the 1950s and the 1980s that will be catnip to retro design fans: pleasingly boxy TV sets, a pyramind-shaped milk carton, weird plastic dolls and large-scale models of cars and military vehicles. Remarkably, many of the products were manufactured by a single factory ZIL, located just outside Moscow. They became part of everyday life for everyone from high-ranking officials who swanned around in the limos it churned out, to everyday Eastern Bloc Joes, whose apartments were kitted out in what would become beloved design staples like the Chaika vacuum cleaner and the Vyatka scooter.



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