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Art July, 26 2011

Avant-Garde in Everyday Life

Now on view at the Art Institute of Chicago, Avant-Garde in Everyday Life celebrates the work of progressive artists in the design of a wide variety of ephemera during the early decades of the 20th-century.

Nearly one century ago, progressive artists in central and eastern Europe demanded that true art revolutionize the objects and habits of daily life. Their new ideas responded to the innovative rhythms and images of the industrial marketplace, the nascent mass media, and urban popular culture. For the first time in the museum’s history, this vibrant and critically important moment in east-central European modernism is comprehensively explored in this exhibition of nearly 300 works of photography, photomontage, and photographically illustrated posters and books, as well as rare examples of porcelain and glassware by six of the period’s most influential international artists.

The exhibition closes on October 9, 2011.

A selection of included works comes after the jump.

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