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Olympic Museum’s Russian images promoting sport

(The Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia)

(The Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia)

An exhibition at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne celebrates the Winter Games in Sochi with Russian photography and posters from the 1920s - encouraging exercise.

Among the first to use photographic images in graphic design, Russian avant-garde artists like Alexander Rodchenko and Vavara Stepanova were drawn into the Soviet mission to modernise the country through physical education. Their work is on display at the newly reopened Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, in an exhibition marking the Winter Games. This image – a 1928 magazine cover – was created by Latvian artist Gustav Klucis, who helped to pioneer Russian Constructivism.

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