Part of the Show Machinery (Teil der Schaumaschinerie)
This lithograph is one of ten scenery and costume designs by El Lissitzky for a puppet version of the 1913 Russian Futurist opera Victory over the Sun, a tale of the clash between technological progress and social order set in a utopian universe. In his interpretation of the opera, Lissitzky emphasized its power imbalances through severely abstracted sets and costumes. His new generation’s politicized avant-garde style, Constructivism, enlisted abstract art as a catalyst not just for spiritual experience but also for social change.
Lithograph on heavy wove paper
Signed, "El Lissitzky," lower right or lower left of composition in pencil. Each print signed.
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El Lissitzky (Russian, 1890-1941). Part of the Show Machinery (Teil der Schaumaschinerie), 1923. Lithograph on heavy wove paper, 17 15/16 x 14 in. (45.5 x 35.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 50.191.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.191.1_transpc002.jpg)
overall, 50.191.1_transpc002.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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