Russian poster 'Wilhelm's merry-go-round'
This poster caricatures the German emperor’s early defeats in the First World War, saying ‘My army is being beaten near Paris, but I'm running in circles unable to do anything’. It was drawn by Kazimir Malevich and the text was created by Vladimir Mayakovsky, both members of the Russian Futurist movement.
The Russian Futurists initially supported the war and created patriotic posters and poems. This poster was created as part of the project ‘Today’s Lubok’, which employed Malevich and Mayakovsky in a scheme to make propaganda posters of the war in colourful lubok or folk styles for mass distribution. In writing the text for this poster and also illustrating others, Mayakovsky was entering into a new phase of producing politically committed art. The Futurist poets and artists were soon disillusioned by the carnage of the war and many intensified their work for radical political change.
- Full title:
- Russian poster Vilʹgelʹmova karuselʹ [Wilhelm's merry-go-round] by Kazimir Severinovich Malevich and Vladimir Mayakovsky
- Poster / Illustration
- Kazimir Malevich , Vladimir Mayakovsky
- Held by:
- British Library
- Copyright: ©
- Kazimir Malevich and Vladimir Mayakovsky
- Article by:
- Yohann le Tallec
- Historical debates
Ways of writing and thinking about World War One have developed and changed over the past 100 years. Yohann le Tallec examines these differences in historical research and writing, focusing on the broad move away from military history towards an approach that places human beings at its centre.
- Article by:
- Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia
- Representation and memory, Civilians
Lead Curator Dr Katya Rogatchevskaia draws on diaries, memoirs and other personal accounts to explore the experiences of Russian civilians and soldiers during World War One.