On April 12, 2021, an exhibition dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space opens at the Commandant's House of the Peter and Paul Fortress/
Before the opening ceremony of the exhibition in the Peter and Paul Fortress, there will be a noon shot dedicated to the Day of Cosmonautics. It will be performed by the test cosmonaut, Colonel Valery Ivanovich Tokarev.
It is reported that the exhibition will feature 60 posters from the collection of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, dedicated to the theme of space exploration and published in 1959-1987 in Moscow and Leningrad. Among them are the works of famous poster artists Nikolai Bylyev-Protopopov, Valentin Viktorov, Mikhail Getman, Mikhail Gordon, Viktor Ivanov, Vladimir Kalensky, Georgy Kovenchuk, Vladimir Menshikov, Fedor Nelyubin, Nikolai Pil'shchikov, Nikolai Smolyak, etc. The earliest posters are related to 1959 and dedicated to the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite.
It is interesting to note that the very first posters on the topic of space exploration were prepared in advance in an atmosphere of strict secrecy, when it was not yet known which of the cosmonauts would fly and how the first launch of a man into space would end. Therefore, the image of the first cosmonaut is given in a very generalized way, without the portrait features of a specific person. Several such posters can be seen at the exhibition.
The collection of posters is complemented by a unique selection of photographs of Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin, taken during his visits to Cuba and five meetings with representatives of revolutionary Cuba in the USSR. Photographs provided by the Russian Society for Friendship with Cuba.
The exhibition will be open to all comers until May 16 this year.