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Art used to manipulate ideological beliefs, specifically to spread the ideals of Communism in Russia in the period immediately following the 1917 Revolution. The term ‘agitprop’ (an abbreviation for agitatsionnaya propaganda: ‘agitational propaganda’) was first used soon after the Revolution, and a Department of Agitation and Propaganda was established by the Communist Party in 1920. Agitprop art took numerous forms, ranging from spectacular theatrical performances (such as a re-enactment of the storming of the Winter Palace, performed in Petrograd in 1920 with a cast of 10,000) to the design of sweet wrappers. In the visual arts, one of the most remarkable expressions of agitprop came in the decoration of ‘agit-boats’ and ‘agit-trains’, sometimes with Suprematist designs, in which Alexandra Exter played a leading part.

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