Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]. El Lissitzky, M. Guss, P. Lakisa, A. Chalatow.
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]
El Lissitzky’s Masterpiece With Related Flyers

Union der Sozialistischen Sowjet-Republiken. Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln 1928. [Together with Two Related Flyers.]

[Köln (Cologne)]: [Komitee des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse-Ausstellung Köln (M. Dumont Schauberg)], [1928]. Cover design, layout and the photographic illustration by El Lissitzky. First edition. In publisher’s red, illustrated wrappers. 111, (1) p. and a large folding plate of panoramic photomontage. Cover with a few light stains, sunned at spine, two small tears at the upper edges. Staples rusted. Corners of the title page dog-eared. The folding plate is slightly worn at the first and third foldings, two tiny holes at eleventh and thirteenth. The second compartment with a trace of an extra folding. Otherwise in fine condition. The one-sheet flyers are folded once, “Die Wandzeitung…” is sunned and very slightly chipped at the lower edge, “Die Arbeiter-…” is dog-eared, chipped at the upper and the lower section of right side edges, with traces of foldings, otherwise they are in fine condition.

The “Pressa Catalogue”, designed by El Lissitzky and illustrated with his long concertina fold-out photomontage.

This striking catalogue of the Soviet Pavilion at the International Press Exhibition in Cologne in 1928 contains a 2,3 metre long folding panoramic plate – itself a magnificent technical achievement – comprising of eighteen sections, presenting the most spectacular design elements of the exterior and interior of the Soviet Pavilion, installations of the exhibition, as well as two large sections of El Lissitzky’s 24 metre long, famous photomontage frieze.

As the chief artist of the project, Lissitzky was responsible to shape up a revolutionary design for the building of the Soviet Pavilion and for the press exhibition held inside, to introduce and celebrate the Soviet publishing achievements. Architecture, graphic design, typography, photography, and cinematography were all brought together to show the world the progress and importance of the press in post-Revolution Soviet society.

It was also Lissitzky who designed entirely the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue, the present booklet. It is forwarded by Artemy Bagratovich Khalatov (Chalatow; 1896–1938) the Commissar of Publishing and the chairman of the State Publishing House, who was executed during the Great Terror.

We offer this copy together with two exceedingly scarce flyers, distributed also at the exhibition, under the titles of Die Arbeiter- und Bauernkorrespondenten und die Sowjetpresse and Die Wandzeitung in der Sowjetunion. Both are re-edited versions of chapters the catalogue includes (pp. 53–54 and 56). We could not find any reference on them or copies in institutional holdings.

[Ref.: Parr/Badger I. pp. 152–153.]

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Price: €10,000.00