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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.
- Portfolio/Series: From the portfolio of 10 prints: "Victory Over the Sun (Sieg über die Sonne)"
- Artist: El Lissitzky, Russian, 1890-1941
- Medium: Lithograph on heavy wove paper
- Dates: 1923
- Dimensions: 17 15/16 x 14 in. (45.5 x 35.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed, "El Lissitzky," lower right or lower left of composition in pencil. Each print signed.
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 50.191.1
- Edition: Edition: 6/75
- Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Collection, by exchange
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: 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, Brooklyn Museum Collection, by exchange, 50.191.1. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Good (64%)