El Lissitzky

Russian, 1890-1941

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El Lissitzky

Russian, 1890-1941

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A key figure in the vanguard of Bolshevik artists who shaped the aesthetic program of Soviet Russia, El Lissitzky was a pioneer of design, architecture, typography, and installation art. Lissitzky experimented with new technologies and media, developing a style that helped define 20th-century propaganda and modern graphic design. Building on the philosophy of Kazimir Malevich and Suprematism, Lissitzky, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and the Constructivists sought to dedicate their art to the advancement of Soviet society. Lissitzky’s political poster Hit the Whites with the Red Wedge! is a seminal example of Constructivism, which employs allegorical geometric shapes and text to capture the Bolshevik ideology of progress, formalizing the rejection of established artistic traditions. Believing art to have the power to transform society, Lissitzky said, “Art can no longer be merely a mirror, it must act as the organizer of the people's consciousness.”

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Solo show at a major institution
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Biography

A key figure in the vanguard of Bolshevik artists who shaped the aesthetic program of Soviet Russia, El Lissitzky was a pioneer of design, architecture, typography, and installation art. Lissitzky experimented with new technologies and media, developing a style that helped define 20th-century propaganda and modern graphic design. Building on the philosophy of Kazimir Malevich and Suprematism, Lissitzky, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and the Constructivists sought to dedicate their art to the advancement of Soviet society. Lissitzky’s political poster Hit the Whites with the Red Wedge! is a seminal example of Constructivism, which employs allegorical geometric shapes and text to capture the Bolshevik ideology of progress, formalizing the rejection of established artistic traditions. Believing art to have the power to transform society, Lissitzky said, “Art can no longer be merely a mirror, it must act as the organizer of the people's consciousness.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
user
Solo show at a major institution
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and 1 more
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring El Lissitzky
Constructivism
Jan 4th, 2019
Why the History of Dada Shouldn’t Ignore the Russians
Nov 6th, 2018
Revisiting the Radical Soviet Art Created amid the Russian Revolution
Dec 12th, 2017
Your Kids Will Love These Children’s Books Illustrated by Famous Artists
Dec 15th, 2016
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