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Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet: Mezhdunarodnoe obozrenie sovremennogo iskusstva = Internationale Rundschau der Kunst der Gegenwart = Revue internationale de l'art moderne was a trilingual journal edited by El Lissitzky and Ilya Ehrenberg, published in two issues by Skythen Verlag, Berlin, in 1922. Lissitzky had come to Berlin the previous year as representative of new Russian art and culture, and Veshch' begins by celebrating the renewed cultural contacts between Russia and the west after the years of war and revolution. The journal's manifesto goes on to explain that the journal's title was chosen because, "for us, art is nothing other than the creation of new 'objects'". The journal championed Constructivist and Suprematist works. Its publisher specialised in Russian publications - Berlin had a population of over half a million Russians in 1923.

Contributors: Victor Shklovsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Boris Pasternak, Sergey Esenin, Aleksandr Kusikov, Nikolay Punin, Igor Glebov (Gleboff), Valentin Parnakh, Charles Vildrac, Iwan Goll, Jules Romains, Gino Severini, Albert Gleize, Theo van Doesburg, Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, Gino Severini, Le Corbusier, et al. Illustrations: Albert Gleize, Teo van Doesburg, Fernand Leger, Jacques Lipchitz, Richard Eggerling, and others. Cover design by El Lissitzky.

Issues

Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet 1-2 (March 1922), 32 pages. Download.
Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet 3 (May 1922), 24 pages. Download.

Reprints

  • Baden: Lars Müller Verlag, 1993. The reprint is accompanied by an additional volume of commentary on the history and contents of the magazine, and includes an English and German translation of the text.
  • Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.

Literature

  • Anna Glazova, "El Lissitzky in Weimar Germany".
  • Stephen Bury, "'Not to adorn life but to organize it': Veshch. Gegenstand. Objet: Revue internationale de l'art moderne (1922), G (1923-6)", in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume III: Europe 1880 - 1940, eds. Peter Brooker, Sascha Bru, Andrew Thacker, and Christian Weikop, Oxford University Press, 2013.

See also

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Avant-garde and modernist magazines

Poesia (1905-09, 1920), Der Sturm (1910-32), Blast (1914-15), The Egoist (1914-19), The Little Review (1914-29), 291 (1915-16), MA (1916-25), De Stijl (1917-20, 1921-32), Dada (1917-21), Noi (1917-25), 391 (1917-24), Zenit (1921-26), Broom (1921-24), Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet (1922), Die Form (1922, 1925-35), Contimporanul (1922-32), Secession (1922-24), Klaxon (1922-23), Merz (1923-32), LEF (1923-25), G (1923-26), Irradiador (1923), Sovremennaya architektura (1926-30), Novyi LEF (1927-29), ReD (1927-31), Close Up (1927-33), transition (1927-38).