'Mother Earth Sister Moon'
'Mother Earth Sister Moon' fashion show. Courtesy of Performa and Joanna Malinowska & Christian Tomaszewski
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Part of 'Polska! Year' - a 200 event, year-long celebration of all things Polish - 'Star City' opens this week at Nottingham Contemporary.

An up-to-the-minute exhibition featuring work by leading artists from post-communist Europe – alongside pieces by key figures from the time - 'Star City' explores how the future was imagined from behind the Iron Curtain.

Recent work by Pawel Althamer, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Polish Turner Prize-nominee, Goshka Macuga will be on display, complimented by show stopping pieces including Malinowska & Tomaszewski’s 'Mother Earth Sister Moon' – which features an oversized, walk-in sculpture of the first woman in space – and Tobias Putrih’s glass cinema, constructed from the walls of a 1970s Yugoslavian supermarket.

Alongside the contemporary work, original objects from the space race will also be on show, including a life-size replica of infamous Soviet satellite, Sputnik.

Contrasting bold visions of the future pedaled by the Soviet Union, with the altogether more bleak outlook of the modern world, 'Star City' will remain in situ at Nottingham Contemporary until April 18.

Sputnik replica

Sputnik replica. Courtesy of Science Museum/SSPL.

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'The Dream and the Promise'

'The Dream and the Promise' by Aleksandra Mir, 2009. Private Collection, Athens. Photograph courtesy Mark Baker

(Image credit: Mark Baker)

'Common Task'

'Common Task' by Pawel Althamer, 2009. Foksal Gallery Foundation. Photograph courtesy Open Art Projects.

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'Pioneer of the Cosmic Era'

'Pioneer of the Cosmic Era'. Courtesy of 'Ne Boltai!' Collection.

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'World's first group flight in space'

'World's first group flight in space', August 1962. Courtesy ‘Ne Boltai!’ Collection.

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Soviet propaganda postcard

Soviet propaganda postcard. Courtesy 'Ne Boltai!' Collection.

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'Star City'

'Star City' by Jane & Louise Wilson, 2000. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.%A%A

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