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Famous Quotes By El Lissitzky

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The sun as the expression of old world energy is torn down from the heavens by modern man, who by virtue of his technological superiority creates his own energy source. — El Lissitzky

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The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush. This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which is already finished, already made, already existing in the world - it is a symbol of a new world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people. — El Lissitzky

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Art can no longer be merely a mirror, it must act as the organizer of the people's consciousness ... No form of representation is so readily comprehensible to the masses as photography. — El Lissitzky

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The purpose of architecture is to transmute the emptiness into space, that is into something which our minds can grasp as an organized unity. — El Lissitzky

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Let us summarize these three points more concisely:

(a) The rejection of art as a mere emotional, individualistic, and romantic affair.
(b) "Objective" work, undertaken with the silent hope that the end product will nevertheless eventually be regarded as a work of art.
(c) Consciously goal-directed work in architecture, which will have a concise artistic effect on the basis of well-preparated objective-scientific criteria.

Such an architecture will actively raise the general standard of living. This represents the dialectic of our development process, which purports to arrive at the affirmative by negation - a process similar to melting down old iron and forging it into new steel. — El Lissitzky

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Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts. — El Lissitzky

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The printed page transcends space and time. The printed page, the infinity of the book, must be transcended. — El Lissitzky

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The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room. — El Lissitzky

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We believe that the elements in the chemical formula of our creative work, problem, invention, and art, correspond to the challenges of our age. — El Lissitzky