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The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Hardcover, 6 x 7.5 in. / 12 pgs / 12 color.

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Out of stock indefinitely

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Catalog: FALL 2012 p. 29   

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ISBN 9780870708428 TRADE
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A simple rhyming story about a baggage mishap on a train journey, Baggage is illustrated in the bold graphics of the Russian avant garde

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Baggage

By Samuil Marshak, Vladimir Lebedev. Afterword by Sarah Suzuki.

Featured spread is reproduced from <I>Baggage</I>.

MoMA's delightful edition of a much-loved Russian children's book from the 1920s - a simple rhyming story about a baggage mishap on a train journey

During the 1920s, avant-garde Russian authors and artists worked with fervent dedication to create a new type of children’s literature, drawing on both the aesthetic innovations of the period and contemporary social and political philosophy to inspire and stimulate young minds. This whimsical children’s picture book is one of numerous remarkable collaborations between artist and illustrator Vladimir Lebedev and poet, translator and children’s writer Samuil Marshak, many of which are now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. This volume reproduces the original book in size, shape and layout, with new English translations in place of the Russian and an accompanying text by curator Sarah Suzuki. The dynamic graphic compositions and playful rhyming texts remain as compelling today as they were nearly a century ago.

Featured spread is reproduced from Baggage.

Baggage

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.

STAFF REVIEW

Baggage is a facsimile of a much-loved Russian children's book that was published in the 1920s. MoMA's edition replaces the Russian with English text (the Russian text is also included in its entirety at the end), and adds an afterword by MoMA curator Sarah Suzuki. The book is produced in conjunction with MoMA's Century of the Child exhibition opening in July 2012. A simple rhyming story about a baggage mishap on a train journey, Baggage is illustrated in bold avant-garde graphics in the Futurist style. The story was written by translator, author and poet Samuil Marshak, a children's writer comparable to A.A. Milne in England or Dr. Seuss in the United States-in other words, his are among the first books children in Russia read. He collaborated on several children's books with illustrator Vladimir Lebedev in the 1920s, all of which are considered classics of Russian children's literature.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/23/2012

A suitcase, a hatbox, a couch, a painting, a package, a pouch: Baggage

A suitcase, a hatbox, a couch, a painting, a package, a pouch: Baggage

Featured image is reproduced from Baggage, The Museum of Modern Art's beautiful facsimile translation of the classic Russian children's book from the 1920s—a collaboration between the celebrated Soviet artist and illustrator Vladimir Lebedev and poet, translator and children’s writer Samuil Marshak. (The book was also featured in MoMA's blockbuster 2012 exhibition, Century of the Child, curated by Juliet Kinchin.) In her Afterword, MoMA curator Sarah Suzuki writes, "A modernist golden age for children's books, the 1920s saw some of Leningrad's most important artists and writers applying the tactics of the Russian avant-garde to this type of publishing. After the Revolution, both the new government and its art-world supporters made sweeping efforts to shape an ideologically new, modern Russian people, and they understood children's books as a crucial tool for molding young minds." continue to blog


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