El Lissitzky served as the chief designer for Russia’s pavilion at the 1928 International Press Exhibition in Cologne. Under the authority of Stalin’s government, he created a multi-room installation to illustrate the essential role of printers and publishers in the new Soviet state.

The installation included a variety of elements, including moving text-and-image bands, documentary displays, and large-scale sculptures that wrapped from floor to ceiling. A monumental photo-frieze depicting Soviet educational efforts since the Russian Revolution dominated the installation. This photograph portrays a portion of the installation.


  • Title: Sculpture at Pressa, Cologne
  • Creator: El Lissitzky
  • Creator Lifespan: 1890 - 1941
  • Creator Nationality: Russian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1928
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.9 x h11.1 cm (sheet)
  • Type: Photograph
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund

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