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Exhibit: December 15, 2015â€“February 16, 2016
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago (open weekdays only)
Lissitsky left Russia for Berlin in 1921 and this cover was one of his first commissions there. He was already considered one of the most important figures in the avant-garde, so he would have been quickly welcomed. These European artists and architects all would have considered Wright to be extremely important, if not the most radical new architect on the planet.
Here we see a fantastic, rare international assembly: Russian Suprematism, Dutch de Stijl, German Bauhaus and Frank Lloyd Wright.
It details a lot about Wright in Europe.
Were the constructivist, of whatever nationality, fully on board, for instance ? Was there already a move toward what would become the Bauhaus movement ? No one man's work, no matter how wonderful, is likely to have been universally applauded -- wouldn't you think ? Was there a counter-trend underway in 1911 -- much less in 1921, when the first Wendingen publication on Wright appeared ?
Here's part of what Peter Blake wrote in The Master Builders: Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier:
https://books.google.com/books?id=4roPW ... th&f=false
The influence of the Wasmuth on these architects is mentioned in the Wikipedia page on it:
Undoubtedly there are more sources out there but I didn't have the time to look.
I don't know about the Constructivists because I get the sense Russians were more disconnected from modern art movements developing in Europe, in part because they didn't have the means/time to get to western Europe to absorb this stuff. Plus, I don't know the name of Suprematists of the top of my head (just Tatlin & that's only the Constructivist architect I remember).
I Googled "architectons (Suprematist architectural models)" and found a wealth of images. I also found this:
http://www.russianartandculture.com/art ... on-hewitt/
Last line: "Lazar Khidekel â€˜built drawings and drew buildings,â€™ they say. â€˜He always remained an artist.â€™" A man after our own heart.
From the Wiki page on the Wasmuth: " At the time of the portfolio's publication, three major influential architects of the twentieth century (Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius) were all working essentially as apprentices in the atelier of Peter Behrens in Berlin, where it has been said that work stopped for the day when the portfolio arrived."
Not for a week ? Maybe they were en charette at the time . . .!