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El Lissitzky    (Russian, 1890-1941)




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Biography
1890 Born: Pochinok, Smolensk Oblast, Russia
1909 - 1914 Studied architecture in Darmstadt
1918 appointed Commissioner of Artistic Affairs for Vitebsk, Belarus
1919 invited by Marc Chagall to teach painting at the newly formed People's Art School, Vitebsk, Belarus
1920 Malevich and El Lissitsky co-founded 'Molposnovis' (short-lived—proto-suprematist association artists)
1890 - 1921 lived and studied in the city of Vitebsk,Belarus
1921 Professor at the Moscow Art Academy, Moscow, Russia
moved to Berlin to become the Russian cultural ambassador to Weimar Germany
1922 Founded the international journal 'Vesc'
1921 - 1925 Worked in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland
Designed the 'Wolkenbegel' project [office blocks for Moscow, some with splayed legs straddling streets]
Returned to Moscow and taught at the post-Revolutionary art school Vkhutemas
1923 - 1925 El Lissitzky proposed and developed the idea of horizontal skyscrapers in Moscow
1927 married Sophie Kuppers
taught interior design, metalwork, and architecture at VKhUTEMAS (State Higher Artistic and Technical Workshops) in Moscow
1941 Died: Moscow, Russia

Exhibitions
2008 El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios - Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS (solo)
2007 DISSONANZ UND HARMONIE - Galerie Stolz Berlin, Berlin (solo)
2006 El Lissitzky - Sieg über die Sonne - Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen (solo)
2006 El Lissitzky - Futurist Portfolios - The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (solo)
2003 Constructs for a Brave New World: El Lissitzky’s Proun and Victory over the Sun - Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA (solo)
2001 El Lissitzky - 2 Quadrate - Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (solo)
2000 El Lissitzky (1890-1941) Photographien - Galerie Berinson, Berlin (solo)
1999 El Lissitzky - Más allá de la abstracción - Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona (solo)
1995 El Lissitzky - Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (solo)
1976 El Lissitzky - Galerie Gmurzynska - Köln, Cologne (solo)
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Stiftung Moritzburg - Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle (Saale), Germany
Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Spain
Fotostiftung Schweiz (Schweizerische Stiftung für die Photographie), Winterthur, Switzerland
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Tate Britain, London (England), UK
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA, USA

Literature
2003 Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk Berlin Moscow - 2003 - 275 pages
1999 El Lissitzky: Beyond the Abstract Cabinet ... - 1999 - 252 pages
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