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EL LISSITZKY. The Experience of Totality

El constructor (autoretrato) 1924
Sobre dos cuadrados cuento suprematista en 6 construcciones, 1922
El Lissitzky Proun Room 1923

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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Additional information

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 
Arranged by e-mail to or by phoning
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 or by phoning 93 214 25 69.
Bookings must be made a week in advance.


Casa Milà, popularly known as «La Pedrera» (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value has received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value. Nowadays is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and houses a cultural centre that is a reference in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.              

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