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Timken Museum Of Art Presents 'El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios' Exhibit

  • When Ongoing until Sunday, October 5, 2014
  • Sunday noon - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego Map | Website
  • Age limit All ages
  • Categories Arts, Exhibits, Museums, Painting, Visual Arts
  • Cost Free
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Above: Graphic logo for Timken Museum of Art located in Balboa Park.

On view May 15, "El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios," will feature two groundbreaking masterworks of modern design.

Created in 1923, the two print portfolios by celebrated Russian artist El Lissitzky are among the greatest achievements in graphic art from the 20th century. In his prints, made during a vibrant cultural renaissance in the arts following the Bolshevik revolution, Lissitzky developed an abstract, geometric language aligned with the utopian ideals of Soviet Communism.

Lissitzky coined the word "Proun" to signify his creative work. While "Proun" is graphically manifested in the prints, its most notable architectural form was a “Proun Room,” which the artist created in 1923 for an exhibition in Berlin. Today, almost a century later, contemporary artist Hideyo Okamura has designed a “Proun Room” at the Timken for visitors to engage with Lissitzky’s gravity-defying geometric shapes and linear vectors. Okamura’s room for the prints creates an all-enveloping art experience.

The Timken’s world-renowned collection of Russian icons, the official art of the Imperial regime, complements this display of Lissitzky’s avant-garde prints which were suppressed by the Soviet authorities in the 1930s.

This exhibition has been organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. The presentation at the Timken has been made possible by Fenner Milton.

"El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios" will be on display May 15, 2014 - October 5, 2014.

Location: Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 Google Maps

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