The 'UK-Russia Year of Culture' festival which was announced late last year aims to showcase the best of each country's cultural heritage during 2014. Events heading to Russia, curated by the British Council, include a celebration of Shakespeare and a major retrospective of Young British Artists. UK highlights include a visit from the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and a Kazimir Malevich show at Tate Modern. 

Another exciting exhibition coming up in London as part of the union is the 'Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen' show opening on Janauary 17. A collaboration between GRAD (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design) and Antikbar, the exhibition will showcase pioneering film poster from the 1920's Soviet Union. 

In the 20's,  cinema flourished worldwide, borne along by the revolutionary mindset of an emerging generation of artists who saw fine art as a bourgeoisie element. This was also so in the then Soviet Union, where film as a revolutionary art form made space for a new and radical graphic design practice in order to advertise silent films across the region. 

The exciting exhibition examines the golden age of Soviet film posters and is co-curated by Elena Sudakova, director of GRAD, and film critic and art historian Lutz Becker. 

Soviet posters of silent screen exhibition

Soviet posters of silent screen exhibition

Soviet posters of silent screen exhibition

Soviet posters of silent screen exhibition

Soviet posters of silent screen exhibition

Soviet posters of silent screen exhibition

Running 17 January - 29 March 2014 at GRAD in London, find out more here.