GRAD is the Gallery of Russian Art and Design in London's Fitzrovia, and aims to give audiences insight into the history of Russian culture through showcasing the country's art and design industry. At the moment it is exploring the period during the Soviet Union with an exhibition called Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain. Starting from the 1917 Revolution and finishing with the 1980s Perestroika movement. The main focus is on the change from mere functional objects to more quirky designs in the fifties; the exhibition will particularly look at the ZIL factory, which manufactured both motor vehicles and kitchen utilities.
Up until the 24th August you can look through archived photographs and objects, including exclusive limousines for party officials, refrigerators for aspirational home-owners, and pop culture favourites, such as Alenka chocolate, Nevalyashka roly-poly dolls, and bootleg vinyl records.