THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY: European Avant-Garde Magazines from the 1920s | MoMA

THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY: European Avant-Garde Magazines from the 1920s

Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet: Mezhdunarodnoe obozrenie sovremennogo iskusstva, nos. 1–2 (Berlin, 1922). El Lissitzky and Ilya Ehrenburg, eds.

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Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet: Mezhdunarodnoe obozrenie sovremennogo iskusstva, nos. 1–2 (Berlin, 1922). El Lissitzky and Ilya Ehrenburg, eds.

Published in Russian, German, and French, Veshch (Object) was produced in 1922 by El Lissitzky and the writer Ilya Ehrenburg in Berlin. The journal highlighted a moment of cultural exchange between the Russian avant-garde and the West, and gave voice to the aesthetic and political program of the Constructivist and Suprematist art movements. The name of the journal itself, as the editors explained in their first editorial essay, directly situated the journal within the context of Russian art discourse during this period, signaling a relation to new works of art created to “make a contribution to life’s organization.” Lissitzky designed the covers for Veshch, contributed content, and provided connections with the artists, particularly those living in Berlin, who were featured in the pages of the short-lived journal.

Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet: Mezhdunarodnoe obozrenie sovremennogo iskusstva, nos. 1–2 (Berlin, 1922). El Lissitzky and Ilya Ehrenburg, eds.
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