[Moscow, 1928]. 32 pp.: ill. 26x18 cm. In publisher’s constructivist wrappers. Very good. Soiling and spots on rubbed wrappers, tears of the spine, inscription on the verso of the front cover (pencil).
First and only edition. One of 3000 copies. Very rare. Wrapper design by E. Mel’nikova.
A very interesting book containing information on the history of the theatre which later became known as The Donetsk National Academic Ukrainian Musical and Drama Theatre. In almost all open sources it is stated that art life of the theatre began in 1927 when Ukrainian workers’ theatre was created in Kharkiv. But this theatre was created earlier in 1922 and even moved to Far East in 1927 for a couple of years. This edition describes the early history of the theatre, why it emerged at that time in Ukraine’s capital during tough years, what principles became the foundation of the theatre, its repertoire and troupe, its search for art forms, comparison with Moscow theatres, etc.
It was a very advanced theatre at that time already serving the needs of young proletariat class. Text is accompanied by rare photographs of people involved, actors, directors, set designs, whole troupes.
Elena Mel’nikova (1902–1989), Soviet painter, graphic artist, poster artist. Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR. Author of paintings and propaganda works on social themes. She worked as a book illustrator and muralist. In 1918 she entered the First State Free Art Studios, later on the painting department of VKhUTEMAS. She studied
first in the embroidery workshop, then in the painting department of A.D. Drevin, A.M. Rodchenko, N.A. Udaltsova. She graduated from VKhUTEMAS in the workshop of D. P. Shterenberg in 1925. At the same time she worked for ROSTA windows, was engaged in the creation of posters, wall newspapers, embroidering banners for military units. At the end of art workshops she worked as a graphic artist and painter, participated in the design of exhibitions and mass holidays. In 1926, E. Melnikova joined the large artistic association OST, participated in all its exhibitions (1926-1928).
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