Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation presents the work of El Lissitzky, one of the most influential, innovative and controversial artists of the opening 30 years or so of the 20th century, who worked with the Soviets and the European Avant-garde movements of the 1920s and as a propagandist for the Stalin regime in the 1930s.
A painter, designer, architect and photographer, Eliezer (Lazar) Markovich Lissitzky (born 1890 in Pochinok near Smolensk – died 1941 in Moscow), better known as El Lissitzky, was among the creative figures most committed to the renewal of art for the ‘new man’ who sprang the October Revolution. His entire career was guided by his conviction that the artist could be an agent of social change.
He experienced first hand the social transformations of his time, which he captured in a new universal language intended to serve society. He encapsulated the spirit of modernity and understood that new technical, conceptual and artistic approaches could be tried in every field of art. One of the most important characteristics of his work (and his life) was his ability to connect and act as a catalyst for the innovative ideas that emerged in the Soviet Union and Western Europe, and to push at and go beyond existing boundaries. He experimented with numerous artistic media and stylistic devices that would later come to dominate in 20th-century graphic design, exhibition design and photomontage.
More information about El Lissitzky
Catalogue of the exhibition
Photo gallery of the exhibition
Video of the exhibition
From 21 October 2014 to 18 January 2015
Exhibition Hall at La Pedrera
Passeig de Gràcia, 92. Barcelona
Monday to Sunday from 9.30am to 8pm
(last admission 7.30pm)
General admission: €3
Concessions: €2 (children aged 7 to 12, students, senior citizens (over 65) and disabled people).
Free: children aged under 7 and members of professional art critics and museologist associations.
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Guided tours for the general public
Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 12am (in Catalan)
Group tours (more than ten people) by prior booking only
93 214 25 80. Bookings must be made a week in advance.
This exhibition has access resources
Exhibition leaflet (large print and Braille) and guided tours.
Guided tours in sign language and lip-reading.
Access tours at 10am on Sundays on request: by prior booking only by email to
Bookings must be made a week in advance.