The Dnieprostroi Is Built [Quote at upper left] “There are no fortresses such that the Bolsheviks could not take them." --Stalin

Poster Number: PP 436
Category: Industry
Poster Notes: This poster is oversized. Poster is in German language. It was produced for the German-speaking minority of Ukraine. The Dnieprostroi Hydroelectric Station was built on the Dnieper River, the third largest river in Europe. Soviet architects designed the dam and its buildings while a U.S. team assisted with engineering. The dam was the biggest in the world when completed in 1932 and a tremendous achievement for the First Five-Year Plan as well as for the USSR.
Media Size: 50x38.5
Poster Type: Lithograph
Publishing Date: 1932
Catalog Notes: PP 436 Industry (oversized)
Artist: Strakhov-Braslaviskii, Adol'f Iosifovich — Страхов-Браславский, Адольф Иосифович

Adol'f Adol'f Iosifovich Strakhov-Braslavskii attended the Odessa Art School where he studied from 1913 to 1915.
From 1918 to 1921, he created political drawings for a number of newspapers and in this period, he also produced decorations for political celebrations, creating posters, dioramas, and friezes. Throughout the Russian Civil War, Strakhov-Braslavskii contributed to the ROSTA Windows Don basin branch office.  In 1921, he produced a series of thematic posters entitled Azbuka revoliutsii [Revolutionary Affairs].  By the end of the war, he moved to Kharkov, Ukraine where he subsequently rose to the status of lead artist at the State Publishing House of Ukraine. From 1922 to 1929, he was engaged book illustration, but he did not cease to design political posters. In 1925, he was awarded a gold medal at the International Exhibition in Paris for his poster entitled 1870-1924, a commemoration of Vladimir Lenin's death. This poster served as a prototype for the cover of the Russian edition of John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the Word. During the early 1930s, he created posters filled with joyful, Stalinist-era 'hero' workers with bodies and faces illustrated in a mottled, clay-like fashion. One such poster was Denprostroi postroen [Dneprostroi Has Been Built] (1932). Throughout the 1930s until the beginning of World War II, he dedicated himself to sculpture. During the war, he returned to posters, creating anti-fascist propaganda. In 1944, he was awarded the title People's Artist of the USSR. At the end of the war he returned to sculpture and worked in this medium until his death in 1979.

Printer: Goznak Printing Plant, Moscow —

Goznak is the Russian securities entity. It controls the mints that strike coins and manufacture orders, decorations, and commemorative medals. It prints currency and in the early period of Soviet history, it printed a selection of posters. The printer is named for Viacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (1890-1986), Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Publisher: Mistetstvo (Art Publishing House), Ukrainian SSR — Мистецтво (Искусство издательство Госкомиздата УССР)

Mistetstvo (Art Publishing House) was founded in Kharkov (Ukrainian SSR) between 1932-'34. It moved to Kiev in 1935. The publisher's chief output comprised of posters, portraits, artistic monographs and sheet music.