The Foreign Literature Library and the Mayakovsky National Museum have organised the Mayakovsky in Trend exhibition to mark the poet’s 125th birth anniversary. The project reflects his versatile personality and how his poems are received today.
On July 11, the opening ceremony of the Advertising Constructors: Mayakovsky and Rodchenko exhibition will take place at the Foreign Literature Library. On display will be advertising posters, book and industrial graphics, photographs, sample confectionery packages, 1920s textile prints and reconstructed sportswear.
Based on the example of the creative union between the poet and the artist, the exhibition will tell the history of Constructivism. One of the most famous unions in Soviet and Russian art, Mayakovsky and Alexander Rodchenko, who worked together between 1923-1925, created the famous brand, Advertising Constructors: Mayakovsky and Rodchenko. Over a period of several years, the tandem created works that went down in the history of design and advertising.
The library’s Rare Book Centre will present the catalogue of the 1925 Expo in Paris, an edition of the L’art decorative en URSS magazine with covers designed by Rodchenko, re-printed Mayakovsky’s anthology For Voice illustrated by Lazar Lissitzky, and a lithographed edition of poems translated into French by Andrei Gippius.
The Slavonic Culture Centre will turn into a campaign train with an exhibition of Mayakovsky’s poetry translated into Czech, Slovak, Macedonian and other languages too. Visitors will be able to flip through the famous What Is Good and What Is Bad dated 1962 and never republished again, as well as several articles about the poet, and learn what Mayakovsky had in common with Dante Alighieri.
The private view will include a guided tour of the exhibition, a poetry recital and a workshop on avant-garde poster creation.
11 July to 31 July: Advertising Constructors: Mayakovsky and Rodchenko exhibition(2nd and 4th floors, White Hall, Beige Hall, Hall of Collections)
11 July at 6.30 pm: opening ceremony (2nd floor, White Hall)
11 July to 31 July: Mayakovsky in Trend, a book and modern postern exhibition (4th floor, Slavonic Culture Centre)
11 July at 7 pm: workshop by the Favorsky Institute of Book Graphic and Designon poster creation (4th floor, Slavonic Culture Centre)
11 July to 31 July: themed exhibition from the collection of rare books (4th floor, Hall of Collections)