Through its support of select publications (e.g., exhibitions catalogues, research projects, monographs, etc.), the Trust seeks to support innovative scholarship in the visual arts with particular regard to Russian modernism. Following is a list of completed publications as well as those that are just getting under way:

Anthology | Jewish Artistic Avantgarde Texts

By Dr. Prof. Valery Dymshits | Coming 2021

Jewish artistic avant-garde is one of the most interesting pages of art in the XX century. Its study is restrained while that many of the key texts (manifestos, articles, memoirs) were written by Jewish artists and art critics in Yiddish. Because of that these texts are still not introduced into scientific circulation. In Yiddish wrote the leading figures of the avant-garde artistic movement: Marc Chagall, L. Lisitsky, I.-B. Rybak, M. Aronson, H. Berlevi and many others. The publication would be a translation of texts written from 1894 till 1960 but mainly in 1920’s in Yiddish and partly in Hebrew and Russian into English and comment manifestos, articles, memories which were published in the Soviet Russia and abroad, primarily in Warsaw, Berlin and Paris. Special attention is given to the journal “Milgroim (Pomegranate)”, published in Yiddish in Berlin in 1922 – 1924.

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Russian Avant-Garde and Soviet Power | New Artistic Culture. 1917-1928

By Natalya Strizhkova and Andrey Sarabianov | Coming 2021

The book is devoted to the study of the creation of a network of museums of new proletarian art in the center, the provinces and the union republics in the RSFSR and the USSR in the 1917 – early 1930’s and the participation of Russian avant-garde artists in the project. The source of the research is the funds of RGALI, GARF, TsGALI St. Petersburg, the archive of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the archive of the State Museum of Contemporary Russian History and archives of local museums.

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By Geraldine Norman | April 2018

Книга Джеральдин Норман — известного журналиста, директора Фонда друзей Эрмитажа в Великобритании, советника М. Б. Пиотровского, рассказывает историю жизни двух выдающихся деятелей русской культуры — Михаила Пиотровского и его отца Бориса Борисовича Пиотровского, велением судьбы оказавшихся руководителями самого большого музея в России и в мире — Государственного Эрмитажа. Борис Пиотровский стал директором в 1964 году и возглавлял музей почти 26 лет, а Михаил Борисович был назначен на этот пост в 1992 году и занимает его по сей день. Вот уже более полувека династия Пиотровских хранит традиции легендарного музея, налаживает связи с Западом и Востоком и приумножает богатства мировой культуры.

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By Alexander Kantsedikas | October 31st 2017

Alexander Kantsedikas, together with the Kroll Family Trust and the El Lissitzky Foundation has worked on this important publication of the initial stage of Lissitzky’s work prior to his departure for Vitebsk in 1919 which is described as his “Jewish period.” In following this path he created several works that are now regarded as his masterpieces. His earliest known sketches, which date from 1910, already bear the imprint of a professional eye and an architect’s skill.

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Dynastic Rule | Mikhail Piotrovsky & the Hermitage

By Geraldine Norman | November 30th 2016

Geraldine Norman wrote the book, ‘The Hermitage: The Biography of a Great Museum’ which was published in 1997. She started the ‘Hermitage Magazine’ and the ‘UK Friends of the Hermitage’ in 2003. And now, in collaboration with the Kroll Family Trust, she is working on this book to explain to herself – and hopefully to others – what Mikhail Piotrovsky has achieved for the Hermitage and what makes him tick.

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SOPHIE’S TESTAMENT | From Hanover to Siberia

Ingeborg Prior | April 2016 | Novosibirsk

In 2002, the author Ingeborg Prior published the “The Life of Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers” in German language. An informative book about the colorful and often tragic life of Sophie Küppers in Russia and in Novosibirsk where she spent the last three decades of her life. Kroll Family Trust, with collaboration of the Lissitzky Foundation at the Vanabbe Museum, published the Russian edition of the book on April 2016.

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