Kino-dzhaz (Cinema Jazz).Moscow: Upravlenie tsirkov V.K.I., [Circus Administration], 1937 Stock Code: 124905
Uncommon, print run of just 8,000 copies. An advertisement for the Soviet Little peoples' circus group, the "Musical and Eccentric Group of Lilliputians", founded in late 1920s under direction of Mikhail Kachuriner (1896-1976), and continued until shortly after his death. The main accent was always on musical talent, the performers having musical instruments specially made for them, although the group did include performers of "normal" height. "Lilliputian Jazz"was probably the most popular of similar circus groups of the time, their first programme "Cinema Jazz" was a parody of some the great stars of the silver screen; Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and the like. A striking example of the work of Mikhail Dlugach (1893-1988), prolific graphic designer and poster artist whose early career centred on the film industry, joining Reklam Film, the dvertising department of the Soviet film agency. A member of AKhRR (The Association of the Artists of the Revolution) and ORRP (The Association of Revolutionary Poster Artists) in the 30s he continued to work in film, but diversified into agitprop and exhibition design. In 1940 he helped to design the exhibition pavilion at the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition in Moscow. During the Second World War Dlugach he was was evacuated to Ufa and worked for Okna TASS creating war propaganda. After the war he continued working as a poster designer, in politics and the arts, including circus promotions. In 1958 he was one of the team involved in the design and building of the Soviet pavilion at the International Exhibition in Brussels. An attractive and unusual piece much enhanced by the presence of the pictorial programme.
Lithographically printed colour poster (905 x 580 mm) [together with;] Kino-dzhaz. Odessa: 1935. 4-page "broadsheet" promotional brochure, graphics and images printed in sepia, letterpress in black.
A few minor chips and splits professionally repaired, light creases from old folds, consequent whitening of the print surface, but remains very good. Presented in a black wooden frame with conservation acrylic glazing; the brochure lightly browned, creases from folds, some edge-slits, but overall very good.
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