The exhibition “More left than the left. Georgian avant-garde in the book” based on the study of Pavel Chepyzhov will be opened on April 23 in the gallery “Na Shabolovke” of Moscow City Galleries Network.
The project is dedicated to the book avant-garde of Tbilisi of the 1920's-1930's. Its purpose is to highlight the regional phenomenon of early Soviet Georgian book design and to show that, despite little knowledge, it was one of the most recognizable national avant-garde movements of the time.
Font design, ideas of dadaism and constructivism, disputes about the ideological identity of Nico Pirosmani, remote participation of Rodchenko and Mayakovsky – all this is manifested through the book culture of the Republic and allows us to look at Tbilisi as one of the important centers of early Soviet art.
The name of the exhibition refers to the dispute between Georgian artists and writers about who is “more left” and closer to the ideas of constructivism - LEF or Proletarian writers. The wording “more left than the left” sounded in Leo Esakia's book criticizing the Georgian version of the magazine LEF.
The exhibition will feature more than a hundred books in Georgian, as well as posters and graphics. Most of the items in the collection will be exhibited for the first time.
Curator Pavel Chepyzhov is a bookseller, book historian, author of “New Georgian Book Design, 1920-30’s”, member of the Executive Committee of the International League Of antiquaries Booksellers (ILAB).
The opening will take place in the framework of the third city festival "Days of avant-garde" in Moscow.
Opening: April 23, 2019 at 19:00.