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On display on Level 2


Russia 1890 – Soviet Union 1941

  • The Netherlands

Plate c.1925 Description: (red/black)
Place made: Germany
Creation Notes: design: 1923; production 1925-1950
Materials & Technique: ceramics, plates earthenware, unglazed earthenware

Dimensions: 2.4 h x 19.4 w x 19.4 d cm 7.5 diameter
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1995
Accession No: NGA 95.122

El Lissitzky was a painter, architect, designer and a pioneer of modern graphic design and typography. In 1919 he began a collaboration with the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich in the Suprematist Unovis group and began to make abstract pictures titled Prouns (an acronym in Russian for 'project for the affirmation of the new') from which he extended the visual vocabulary of Suprematism into typography, photography, furniture, exhibition and poster design and ceramics.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design