Berlin: Galerie Van Diemen, 1922. First edition. Softcover. Octavo. 31pp., (1) 45 plates. Light gray wraps with cover design by El Lissitzky, housed in a textured light green handmade paper portfolio enveloped by two orange linocut plates. Forewords by D. Sterenberg, Dr. Redslob, and A. Holitscher, plus an introduction w/o credit.
The exhibition opened on Sunday, October 15, 1922, in the Gallery van Diemen, Unter den Linden 21, showing more than 700 works by 167 artists. Under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Information David Sterenberg, Naum Gabo, and Nathan Altman. It was scheduled for one month but due to the positive response by press and a large number of visitors was extended until the end of the year. The architect Adolf Behne described it as the "boldest and most extensive exhibition of creative production" that has been seen in Berlin in years. Scheduled to travel to various European capitols the French government refused to give permission for an exhibition in Paris. Subsequently the exhibition was only shown in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in the Spring of the following year.
The catalog, El Lissitzky designed the cover for it, contains a detailed listing of works exhibited arranged by paintings, and a second category encompassing watercolors, drawings, woodcuts and linocuts, copper prints, posters, and architectural and theater designs, a third category lists sculptures, and finally porcelain, glass, decorative works and semi-precious stones with a section of b/w reproductions of 53 artworks on glossy paper at rear.
Edwin Redslob, the representative of the German Ministry of the Interior and art expert (Reichskunstwart) wrote: 'Homeland and Presence are to be seen as two poles, that determine today's art significantly - beyond that they determine the curious form of European unity, that is to be expected. The old Russian yearning for Europe, that encompasses belief, dedication and - for us other people - obligation, strives for compliance. <...> Because exchange, mutual permeation into the character and joyful approval of the other: those are the foundations of the Europe of the spirit/mind that we strive for.' Among the prominent artist represented in this exhibition were Wiktor Wasnezow, Abram Archipow, Isaak Lewitan, Warwara Stepanowa, Marc Chagall, Kasimir Malewitsch, Olga Rosanova, Ljubow Popowa, El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodtschenko, Wladimir Tatlin, and Naum Gabo, among others.
Text in German. Minor pencil underlining and marginal note on pages 12 and 13. Portfolio, wraps and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #43581