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Part of the Show Machinery (Teil der Schaumaschinerie)

El Lissitzky

European Art

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.
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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
EDITION Edition: 6/75
CREDIT LINE By exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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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, By exchange, 50.191.1. © artist or artist's estate
IMAGE overall, 50.191.1_transpc002.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Part of the Show Machinery (Teil der Schaumaschinerie)