April 13 – 25, 2012
The exhibition “National Construction of the USSR. Soviet Photography of 1920-1960 from the SEPHEROT Foundation Collection” begins a series of exhibitions entitled “From the Sepherot Foundation Collection” organized jointly by the ARTPLAY Centre and the Sepherot Foundation. The Foundation currently owns one of the most extensive and valuable collections of Russian and Soviet photographs from the first half of the twentieth century.“National Construction of the USSR” tells about the most significant photographic works, which are present in the Sepherot Foundation Collection. First of all, they are works of the famous avant-garde artist and photomonteur L. Lissitzky (1890-1941) stitched in one book - sketches for magazines and broadsides “USSR in Construction”, separate photomontages. Photographs of the innovator and avant-garde artist who made famous Soviet photography, Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956), and unpublished vintage prints of classics of national photography, Georgy Zelma (1906-1984), made in 1920 in Uzbekistan, where he worked as a photojournalist of the “Russ –Photo” Agency, and his snapshots of the heroic defense of Stalingrad are of the utmost interest. As well as the shots from the 1930s, of war and post-war time of other luminaries of Soviet photojournalism, like Max Alpert (1895-1980), Anatoly Skurikhin (1900-1997), Ivan Shagin (1904 - 1982), Dmitry Debabov (1901-1949), Georgy Petrusov (1903-1971), Eugene Chaldea (1917-1997) - a total of 27 authors.The exhibition will include about 180 photos dedicated to the period from 1920 to 1960. Well-known books which became a symbol of the time and little-known shots which will be a real discovery for fans of domestic photography will be presented here. This brief retrospection of the photographic part of the Sepherot Foundation marked the milestones of Soviet photography and showed valuable materials which were still out of the field of vision of both researchers and the public.