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"Last Week! El Lissitzky"
1999-07-01 until 1999-09-05
Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona
El Lissitzky’s contribution to the abstract art of the twenties is well known and has been analysed
in a whole series of articles, books and catalogues. Yet his experiments in the fields of
photography, photomontage, graphic design and exhibitions in the late twenties and the thirties
still give grounds for controversy among specialists and are practically unknown to a wider
With the title El Lissitzky: Beyond the Abstract Cabinet, 1930-1941, this exhibition brings
together Lissitzky’s multimedia works, with examples ranging from 1920 (when Lissitzky started
designing the Abstract Cabinet) to 1941 (when he died in Moscow), devoting particular attention
to his intense collaboration with German and Soviet photographers, designers and cinema
producers, and the influence they had on his body of work. A prominent feature of this exhibition
is the fact that many of the works will be going on show outside Russia for the first time.