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Friday, December 17, 2004

El Lissitzky

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Photomontage of the Wolkenbügel (Cloud-Iron) in Nikitskii Square, 1925
Taken from the section Architecture and the Demonstation Space.
[Click image for larger view at source]

"The Russian artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941) was one of the great avant-garde figures of the early twentieth century. The Getty Research Institute holds a remarkable array of materials on Lissitzky, including book and periodical designs, his complete correspondence to his wife, Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers, photographs of his exhibition designs, his two personal address books, and additional manuscripts related to his life and work.
The exhibition "Monuments of the Future": Designs by El Lissitzky, which was on display at the Getty Research Institute from November 21, 1998 through February 21, 1999, explored Lissitzky's career as a typographer, book designer, and architect. This Web site takes its inspiration from the design of the exhibition and shows most of the materials that were on display, grouped according to their original sections. In addition, the Web site links to related holdings on Lissitzky and Russian modernism in the Getty Research Library and in other museums and archives"
(via The Cartoonist)

To get to know Lissitzky even better: check out the documentary which portrays Lissitzky and his work. (from the Roland Collection of Film & Videos on Art)
http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/digitized_collections/lissitzky/index2.html