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Soviet Pioneers in Art - Photomontage

Deti v iskusstve: katalog vystavki zhivopisi, risunka, kino-foto, poligrafii i skul'ptury na temu: zhizn' i byt detei Sovetskogo Soiuza [Children in art: catalog of an exhibition of painting, drawing, film, printing and sculpture on the theme of the life of children in the Soviet Union].

Moscow: Glaviskusstvo N.K.P., 1929. Small octavo (16.8 × 12.8 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by K. Kozkova; 30, [1] pp. Two full-page reproductions. Very good or better.

Rare catalog accompanying an exhibition of contemporary Soviet art in various media on the topic of children at play, school, and work, organized by Glaviskusstvo on the occasion of the first All-Union Gathering of Pioneers in Moscow. The exhibiting artists were members of diverse organizations, including "AKhR" (the Association of Revolutionary Artists), OMAKhR, OMKh, OST, ORS, "4 Iskusstva," and the October Group, with famous representative of Soviet avant-garde art such as Gustav Klutsis, Valentina Kulagina, A. Deineka, Sergei Sen'kin, Dmitri Shterenberg, and Petrov-Vodkin.

With an introduction by Ignatii Khvoinik and drawings throughout the text by Iurii I. Pimenov (1903-1977), based on the original artworks. The exhibition itself was designed by S. Sen'kin. Throughout the text are interspersed slogans and exhortations for the young pioneers. Aside from Iurii Pimenov's drawings, the catalog also reproduces two full-page photomontage compositions by Gustav Klutsis for the book "Lenin i deti" (Lenin and children).

The Pioneers were a mass organization for Soviet children aged 10-15 which existed from 1922 to 1991, analogous to Western scouting organizations, but with the intention of molding children into politically conscious, ideologically sound, and productive members of the budding Soviet state.

Given that both the exhibition and the catalog were marketed to young children, the catalog is unsurprisingly scarce, especially in comparable condition. As of August 2021, KVK and OCLC show two copies worldwide, both in North America.

Book ID: 51481

Price: $1,750.00