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Print media exhibition (PRESSA, Cologne 1928)
Gelatin silver print
17.3 x 11.3 cm
Bassenge Photography Auctions
Auction (17 June 2009, Sale 93, Lot 4518)
The large PRESSA print media exhibition was held in Cologne in 1928 and highlighted German dominance in all the fields of printing and publishing. It was also intended as a showcase of modernist architecture (with the pavilion for the publisher Rudolf-Mosse, designed by Erich Mendelsohn) and modernist exhibition display (it featured the legendary work of El Lissitsky for the U.S.S.R. pavilion). During the exhibition a series of photos were taken of the mixed media sculptures by Michail Plaksin and El Lissitzky. Only a few prints of these images still exist today and are very rare.