The El Lissitzky letters and photographs collection consists of 106 letters sent, most
by Lissitzky to his wife, Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers, along with his
personal notes on art and aesthetics, a few official and personal documents, and
approximately 165 documentary photographs and printed
reproductions of his art and architectural designs, and in particular, his exhibition designs.
El Lissitzky (1890-1941) began his artistic education in 1909, when he traveled to Germany to study architecture at the Technische
Hochschule in Darmstadt. Lissitzky returned to Russia in 1914, continuing his studies in Moscow where he attended the Riga
Polytechnical Institute. After the Revolution, Lissitzky became very active in Jewish cultural activities, creating a series
of inventive illustrations for books with Jewish themes.
These formed some of his earliest experiments in typography, a key area of
artistic activity that would occupy him for the remainder of his life.
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