The subject of Moor’s 1920 poster is a celebration of the May Day subbotnik (from Subbota – Saturday, and Nik – unpaid work). A day of volunteer work, held throughout Russia, to help the communist cause in the Civil War, the subbotnik held on the 1st of May 1920 was attended by Lenin himself, who called it “the actual beginnings of the communism".
May Day - All-Russian Subbotnik
Red Star Over Russia
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 66.3 x 48.3 cm Tate. Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate
Red Star over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905 – 55
at Tate Modern marks the centenary of the October Revolution with a remarkable display of the collection of the late photographer and graphic designer David King (1943 - 2016), offering a visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Using selected works from King’s incredible collection of over 250,000 items relating to the period, the show will chart how political events changed the face of art and graphic design, with a lasting impact still felt today.