This October the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera will fearture an exhibition the work of one of the most influential and controversial experimental artists of the early 20th century, El Lissitzky, who worked with the Soviet and the European avant-garde in the 1920s, and went on to produce Propaganda for Russia’s Stalinist regime in the 1930s.

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky was a Russian-Jewish artist, designer, architect and photographer, who was known simply as El Lissitzky. He started his career illustrating children’s books and went on to become one of the Revolutions most committed artists in the search for a renewal of art for “new man”. His entire career was guided by the belief that the artist could be an agent of social change.

El Lissitzky lived on the frontline of the turbulent social transformations which Russia underwent in the early 20th century, and in his art formed a new universal language at the service of society, and was able to capture the spirit of modernity and understand that any field of creation was valid in the modernist oeuvre.

One of the most important features of El Lissitzkys work and life was that he had the ability to connect and act as a catalyst for innovative ideas born in the Soviet Union and Western Europe, and to transgress boundaries and borders. He experimented with multiple production techniques and stylistic devices that would later dominate the graphic design, exhibition design and photomontage of the twentieth century.

From: 21st of October 2014 to the 18th of January 2015
Entrance: 3 euros
La Pedrera: 92 Passeig de Gràcia