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Maker: Rodolfo Tejera
Date Made: circa 1980s
Place Made: United States: California, San Francisco
Measurements: 58.5 cm x 44.5 cm; 23 1/16 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Corporations; Globalization & International Economics; Consumerism
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Coca Cola [signed in pencil] P/A Rodolfo Tejera
Acquisition Number: 1998-065
Copyright status unknown; may be protected by copyright law.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Russian revolutionary and the first head of the Soviet Union, is shown drinking a coke. Designed by a Cuban artist while in the U. S., the artist is making an ironic statement about the attraction of “forbidden” Western products. In 1972, Pepsi signed an agreement with the Soviet Union that made it the first Western product to be sold to Russian consumers. Coca Cola was considered synonymous with capitalism, and was only legally sold in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.