Tuesday - Sunday,
From 11:00 to 20:00
from October 24, 2018 through 16 December, 2018
From October 23, 2018 “Na Shabolovke Gallery” (part of the “Moscow City Galleries” network) is presenting an exhibition called “IZOSTAT”, which is an abbreviation for All-Union Institute of Pictorial Statistics. Its brief decade-long (1931-1940) history is the topic for a display for the first time ever.
At its early years, the Soviet infographics was only meant to highlight the country’s economic and political achievements and endeavours, and in 1931 the IZOSTAT Institute was founded in Moscow to meet this urgent demand.
Around that time in Europe, in “Red Vienna”, run by the social democratic municipality, the Gesellschafts- und Wirstschaftsmuseum (the Social and Economic Museum in Vienna) became the birthplace of the Vienna method of pictorial statistics (Wiener Methode der Bildstatistik), later known as ‘Isotype’. Its founders, philosopher Otto Neurath and graphic designer Gerd Arntz, were later invited to Soviet Russia to give a hand with creating a similar institution there.
Society and the economy. Leipzig, Bibliographical Institute, 1930. GPIB collection.
Structure of the expenditure part of the working budget.
The trade unions of the USSR in the struggle for the five-year plan in four years. M .: OGIZ-IZOGIZ, b. Propulsion GPIB.
Though founded primarily as a scientific and methodological centre, the IZOSTAT Institute, has left a prominent footprint in publishing as well, with dozens of albums, booklets and posters issued during the decade of its existence. In collaboration with the “Vienna group”, suchremarkable publications as “Socialism at a Construction Site” (Социализм на стройке) (1933) and “Aviation and Aeronautics” (1934) appeared in 1933 and 1934 respectively. After 1935 they were re-published as deluxe albums. The most famous example from this period is “Moscow Under Reconstruction” (1938) by Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova. In 1940 the IZOSTAT Institute was closed down.
Tracing its history, the exhibition includes a selection of documents from archives along with publications by IZOSTAT, LENINOGIZ Department of Statistics, the Social and Economic Museum in Vienna, and samples of pictorial statistics and infographics from 1920–1930s.
Millions of working women have become cultured.
The USSR is a country of women's equality. Album-exhibition. - Moscow: Isostat Institute, 1938. GPIB collection.
Curators: Nadezhda Andrianova, Eugenia Khaet
Partners: The Main Department of Archives of Moscow, The State Public Historical Library of Russia.
Participants: The State Archive of the Russian Federation, The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, The Scientific Library of Moscow M. V. Lomonosov State University, The Russian State Library, The Russian State Archive of Economics.