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Lissitzky+ Project
by Jacob Resneck
on 18 September 2009
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The Van Abbesmuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands is set to open a three-year exhibit on the Soviet visionary El Lissitzky, dubbed the Lissitzky+ Project. The first of three one-year installments opens 19 September, 2009, giving up an entire floor to a man whose career was marked by contradictions. Interestingly, he alternately worked to preserve Jewish heritage in the former Russian empire and as a polemicist designing propaganda posters for Stalin.

This first installment, entitled Victory Over the Sun, takes its name from Lissitzky's futurist opera that premiered in St. Petersburg in 1913. A firm believer in the principle of "das zielbewußte Schaffen" (goal-oriented creation), Lissitzky's desire to inspire and educate is evident all the way to his very last work, a WWII propaganda poster with the imperative, "Davaite pobolshe tankov!" (Give us more tanks!). 


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Displaying sketches and lithographs from Lizzitky's electromechanical dolls, the Van Abbesmuseum has heightened the exhibit by following the artist's detailed how-to instructions painstakingly recreating many of these three-dimensional objects, including a six-meter high figurine displayed at the museum's lake.

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The museum will continue with two more installments of Lissitzky which will run through 2012. For an in-depth look at his art, check out the Getty Research Institute's exhaustive collection of Lissitzky's work.

Lissitzky+ Project
Through 2 September 2012
Van Abbesmuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10
Eindhoven, The Netherlands map
tel. +31 (0)40 238 1000

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