#1, 2, 3/4, 5/6, 7, 8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/16 for 1930, #1, 2/3, 4, 5/6, 7, 8, 9, 10/11, 12 for 1931, #1-6, 7/8, 9, 10/11, 12 for 1932, #1, 2/3 for 1933. Overall 30 issues. Moscow: Teakinopechat: ZiF: OGIZ: Zhurnal’no-gazetnoe ob’edinenie, 1930-1933. 30,5x23,5 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Repaired. Marks, tears and spots occasionally, tiny and small fragments of covers and separate pages lost (issues #2, 5/6, 8 for 1930). Overall clean and neat internally.
Extremely rare as a full set of original magazine. Later it was published as ‘Theater and Dramaturgy’ (1933-1936) and ‘Theater’ (1937-). Print runs vary from 5000 to 15500 copies.
A signature style of the magazine cover design was produced by Gustav Klutsis, one of the leading constructivist book designers. He divided a magazine cover spread into two internal (close to the spine) and two external zones (close to outer edges). Two of them were occupied by vertically printed illustrations (mainly photographs and photomontages) while he put the constructivist title on the rest ones. Sometimes it was slightly changed because each issue featured different photographs and colors.
The internal design of the journal was created by D. Moor, K. Ovsiannikov and E. Shelomov (credits were indicated in two earliest issues only). As the cover designs, materials were arranged vertically: columns of text supplemented with panoramas of performances rotated by 90 degrees or photographs stacked along the edge.
The periodical caught the years of principal changes in the Soviet theater. All experimental studios and theaters - that were shown in early issues - were gradually closing. Only one style - Soviet realism - remained as an official one. The magazine contains reports of the productions with photos and drawings of stage designs, decorations and costumes. There are works by Stenberg brothers, A. Exter, I. Gamrekeli, A. Deineka, I. Shlepianov, V. Dmitriev, I. Rabinovich, N. Akimov, V. Khodasevich, A. Tyshler, E. Mandelberg, B. Erdman, D. Krein and others. Among the photographers involved were B. Ignatovich, A. Temerin and D. Debabov. Also, the magazine contains caricatures by D. Moor, B. Efimov, E. Mordmilovich and Kukryniksy depicting the most prominent theatrical people.
An unusual article for such mass theatrical journal was ‘Theater Building’ illustrated with five constructivist projects by K. Melnikov, Vesniny brothers, V. Shchuko, S. Vakhtangov and others (issue #5 for 1932).
The very first issue comprises a double-page photomontage dedicated to Uzbek film ‘The Last Bek’ (i.e. Last Nobleman).
Overall, highly influential periodical.
According to Worldcat, the only full set of issues located in Harvard.