“Batko Makhno mustard, pretty hot, containing horseradish, recommended for traditional Russian cuisine.” The anarchist Nestor Makhno headed the peasants’ uprising in Ukraine, 1919-1921. This plastic jar was presented to CIRA by the Victor Serge Library in Moscow.
Communist organizations had a lively tradition of exchanging gifts. Many of these bear the portraits of Party leaders (here Lenin and Brezhnev) or regional folkloristic patterns.
This is the original gouche for a print, published in the satirical magazine 'Krokodil'.
The object on the right is made of metal from an American plane, shot down over North Vietnam.
Michail Aleksandrovic Bakunin (1814-1876) was one of the founding fathers of anarchism, agitating and writing against the state, against religion and for individual freedom. Within the First International, he was Marx's main rival.