Revolutionary Moments in 20th Century Graphic and Industrial Design at ICA

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artwork: John Heartfield (German, 1891–1968) - Cover and illustrations for Kurt Tucholsky, Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles (Germany, Germany Above All), Berlin, 1929. Letterpress inset on canvas, 23.8 x 18.6 cm.- The Art Institute of Chicago, Robert Allerton Purchase Fund, - © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.


CHICAGO, IL.- Beginning around 1910, a group of vanguard artists working in Europe advanced the radical idea that art had a mandate to transform daily life, from silverware to postage stamps to buildings. This theory would eventually take hold in the wider world, where it merged enthusiastically with the demands of the industrial marketplace, the nascent mass media, and urban popular culture. This vibrant and critically important moment in east-central European modernism is comprehensively explored in Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life–a major exhibition on view at the Art Institute of Chicago (ICA) from June 11 through October 9. Focusing on six highly influential international artists. John Heartfield, Gustav Klutsis, El Lissitzky, Ladislav Sutnar, Karel Teige, and Piet Zwart –this exhibition features nearly 300 works from a landmark acquisition, including photography, photomontage, book and poster design, and household objects such as rare examples of porcelain and glassware. Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life is the first significant exhibition at the Art Institute to address any aspect of art east of Germany during the interwar decades.