Sergei Eisenstein

 

Drawings 1931–1948

 January 7 - February 11, 2017
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1931)
Graphite on paper
10.94h x 8.43w in (27.8h x 21.4w cm)
Untitled (1931)
Graphite on paper
10.94h x 8.43w in (27.8h x 21.4w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
10.91h x 8.39w in (27.7h x 21.3w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
10.91h x 8.39w in (27.7h x 21.3w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
14.65h x 10.63w in (37.2h x 27w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
14.65h x 10.63w in (37.2h x 27w cm)
Untitled (1931)
Graphite on paper
10.71h x 14.45w in (27.2h x 36.7w cm)
Untitled (1931)
Graphite on paper
10.71h x 14.45w in (27.2h x 36.7w cm)
Untitled (1931)
Graphite on paper
14.61h x 10.67w in (37.1h x 27.1w cm)
Untitled (1931)
Graphite on paper
14.61h x 10.67w in (37.1h x 27.1w cm)
Untitled (1936)
Graphite on paper
11.54h x 8.39w in (29.3h x 21.3w cm)
Untitled (1936)
Graphite on paper
11.54h x 8.39w in (29.3h x 21.3w cm)
Untitled (1931)
Colored pencil on paper 
14.69h x 10.63w in (37.3h x 27w cm)
Untitled (1931)
Colored pencil on paper
14.69h x 10.63w in (37.3h x 27w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Color pencil on paper
10.71h x 14.65w in (27.2h x 37.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Color pencil on paper
10.71h x 14.65w in (27.2h x 37.2w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
9.45h x 4.09w in (24h x 10.4w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
9.45h x 4.09w in (24h x 10.4w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Color pencil in paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Color pencil in paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
7.4h x 5.39w in (18.8h x 13.7w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
7.4h x 5.39w in (18.8h x 13.7w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
9.21h x 6.18w in (23.4h x 15.7w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
9.21h x 6.18w in (23.4h x 15.7w cm)
Untutled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
8.31h x 5.43w in (21.1h x 13.8w cm)
Untutled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
8.31h x 5.43w in (21.1h x 13.8w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
13.46h x 8.66w in (34.2h x 22w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
13.46h x 8.66w in (34.2h x 22w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
10.67h x 8.31w in (27.1h x 21.1w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
10.67h x 8.31w in (27.1h x 21.1w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
9.61h x 11.02w in (24.4h x 28w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
9.61h x 11.02w in (24.4h x 28w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
14.65h x 10.63w in (37.2h x 27w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
14.65h x 10.63w in (37.2h x 27w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Ink on paper
10.59h x 14.69w in (26.9h x 37.3w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Ink on paper
10.59h x 14.69w in (26.9h x 37.3w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
11.42h x 17.32w in (29h x 44w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
11.42h x 17.32w in (29h x 44w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.86h x 11.3w in (22.5h x 28.7w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.86h x 11.3w in (22.5h x 28.7w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
11.34h x 8.74w in (28.8h x 22.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
11.34h x 8.74w in (28.8h x 22.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
11.5h x 8.74w in (29.2h x 22.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
11.5h x 8.74w in (29.2h x 22.2w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1932)
Graphite on paper
10.75h x 8.31w in (27.3h x 21.1w cm)
Untitled (1932)
Graphite on paper
10.75h x 8.31w in (27.3h x 21.1w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
10.98h x 8.43w in (27.9h x 21.4w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Graphite on paper
10.98h x 8.43w in (27.9h x 21.4w cm)
Untitled (1932)
Graphite on paper
10.75h x 8.39w in (27.3h x 21.3w cm)
Untitled (1932)
Graphite on paper
10.75h x 8.39w in (27.3h x 21.3w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Ink on paper
6.34h x 3.62w in (16.1h x 9.2w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Ink on paper
6.34h x 3.62w in (16.1h x 9.2w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper 
16.38h x 11.69w in (41.6h x 29.7w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
16.38h x 11.69w in (41.6h x 29.7w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
16.42h x 11.65w in (41.7h x 29.6w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
16.42h x 11.65w in (41.7h x 29.6w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
17.17h x 11.5w in (43.6h x 29.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
17.17h x 11.5w in (43.6h x 29.2w cm)
Untitled (1945)
Colored pencil on paper
11.3h x 7.95w in (28.7h x 20.2w cm)
Untitled (1945)
Colored pencil on paper
11.3h x 7.95w in (28.7h x 20.2w cm)
Untitled (1945)
Colored pencil on paper
10.24h x 8.19w in (26h x 20.8w cm)
Untitled (1945)
Colored pencil on paper
10.24h x 8.19w in (26h x 20.8w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
16.38h x 11.65w in (41.6h x 29.6w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
16.38h x 11.65w in (41.6h x 29.6w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Color pencil on paper
16.38h x 11.65w in (41.6h x 29.6w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Color pencil on paper
16.38h x 11.65w in (41.6h x 29.6w cm)
Untited (n.d.)
Color pencil on paper
16.34h x 11.61w in (41.5h x 29.5w cm)
Untited (n.d.)
Color pencil on paper
16.34h x 11.61w in (41.5h x 29.5w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.23h x 6.18w in (20.9h x 15.7w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.23h x 6.18w in (20.9h x 15.7w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.23h x 6.02w in (20.9h x 15.3w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.23h x 6.02w in (20.9h x 15.3w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.27h x 5.91w in (21h x 15w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.27h x 5.91w in (21h x 15w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.23h x 5.94w in (20.9h x 15.1w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.23h x 5.94w in (20.9h x 15.1w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper 
8.19h x 5.91w in (20.8h x 15w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.19h x 5.91w in (20.8h x 15w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper 
8.19h x 5.91w in (20.8h x 15w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
8.19h x 5.91w in (20.8h x 15w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.81h x 8.15w in (30h x 20.7w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.81h x 8.15w in (30h x 20.7w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
11.93h x 8.19w in (30.3h x 20.8w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
11.93h x 8.19w in (30.3h x 20.8w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
7.99h x 5.55w in (20.3h x 14.1w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
7.99h x 5.55w in (20.3h x 14.1w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
7.83h x 11.65w in (19.9h x 29.6w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
7.83h x 11.65w in (19.9h x 29.6w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
7.87h x 11.61w in (20h x 29.5w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
7.87h x 11.61w in (20h x 29.5w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.97h x 8.19w in (30.4h x 20.8w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.97h x 8.19w in (30.4h x 20.8w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
14.92h x 8.27w in (37.9h x 21w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
14.92h x 8.27w in (37.9h x 21w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
8.43h x 10.24w in (21.4h x 26w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
8.43h x 10.24w in (21.4h x 26w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 7.87w in (32.5h x 20w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 7.87w in (32.5h x 20w cm)
Untitled (1945)
Graphite on paper
11.42h x 8.23w in (29h x 20.9w cm)
Untitled (1945)
Graphite on paper
11.42h x 8.23w in (29h x 20.9w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
7.05h x 6.22w in (17.9h x 15.8w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Graphite on paper
7.05h x 6.22w in (17.9h x 15.8w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
15h x 8.54w in (38.1h x 21.7w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
15h x 8.54w in (38.1h x 21.7w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1936)
Colored pencil on paper
16.34h x 11.42w in (41.5h x 29w cm)
Untitled (1936)
Colored pencil on paper
16.34h x 11.42w in (41.5h x 29w cm)
Untitled (1936)
Colored pencil on paper
16.42h x 11.46w in (41.7h x 29.1w cm)
Untitled (1936)
Colored pencil on paper
16.42h x 11.46w in (41.7h x 29.1w cm)
Untitled (1936)
Color pencil on paper
16.38h x 11.42w in (41.6h x 29w cm)
Untitled (1936)
Color pencil on paper
16.38h x 11.42w in (41.6h x 29w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.68h x 8.66w in (32.2h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.68h x 8.66w in (32.2h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.72h x 8.74w in (32.3h x 22.2w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.72h x 8.74w in (32.3h x 22.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
12.6h x 8.39w in (32h x 21.3w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
12.6h x 8.39w in (32h x 21.3w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.83h x 8.5w in (32.6h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.83h x 8.5w in (32.6h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 8.35w in (32.5h x 21.2w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 8.35w in (32.5h x 21.2w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.68h x 8.46w in (32.2h x 21.5w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.68h x 8.46w in (32.2h x 21.5w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Color pencil on paper
12.72h x 8.66w in (32.3h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Color pencil on paper
12.72h x 8.66w in (32.3h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.76h x 8.54w in (32.4h x 21.7w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.76h x 8.54w in (32.4h x 21.7w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
9.21h x 6.69w in (23.4h x 17w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
9.21h x 6.69w in (23.4h x 17w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
9.76h x 6.61w in (24.8h x 16.8w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
9.76h x 6.61w in (24.8h x 16.8w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
9.88h x 6.65w in (25.1h x 16.9w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
9.88h x 6.65w in (25.1h x 16.9w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.61h x 8.43w in (29.5h x 21.4w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.61h x 8.43w in (29.5h x 21.4w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
12.68h x 8.27w in (32.2h x 21w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
12.68h x 8.27w in (32.2h x 21w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.57h x 8.46w in (29.4h x 21.5w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.57h x 8.46w in (29.4h x 21.5w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.42h x 8.46w in (29h x 21.5w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.42h x 8.46w in (29h x 21.5w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.54h x 8.66w in (29.3h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.54h x 8.66w in (29.3h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.57h x 8.62w in (29.4h x 21.9w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
11.57h x 8.62w in (29.4h x 21.9w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1942)
Graphite on paper
12.99h x 7.95w in (33h x 20.2w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Graphite on paper
12.99h x 7.95w in (33h x 20.2w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Colored pencil on paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (c. 1931)
Colored pencil on paper
10.67h x 8.27w in (27.1h x 21w cm)
Untitled (1934)
Ink and colored pencil on paper
12.44h x 7.56w in (31.6h x 19.2w cm)
Untitled (1934)
Ink and colored pencil on paper
12.44h x 7.56w in (31.6h x 19.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
14.65h x 10.71w in (37.2h x 27.2w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
14.65h x 10.71w in (37.2h x 27.2w cm)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Sergei Eisenstein, installation view, Alexander Gray Associates (2017)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 8.66w in (32.5h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 8.66w in (32.5h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 8.66w in (32.5h x 22w cm)
Untitled (1942)
Colored pencil on paper
12.8h x 8.66w in (32.5h x 22w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
12.95h x 8.5w in (32.9h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled (n.d.)
Colored pencil on paper
12.95h x 8.5w in (32.9h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
12.87h x 9.33w in (32.7h x 23.7w cm)
Untitled (1943)
Colored pencil on paper
12.87h x 9.33w in (32.7h x 23.7w cm)

About the Exhibition

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January 7 - February 11, 2017

Alexander Gray Associates in collaboration with Matthew Stephenson presented a rare private collection of drawings by the Russian filmmaker and theorist, Sergei Eisenstein on view for the first time in the Americas. These sexually explicit drawings, completed between 1931–1948, span the period of his travels in Mexico and the United States in the 1930s until his death in Moscow in 1948.

A renowned film director and film montage innovator, Eisenstein also wrote extensively and made upwards of 5,000 drawings throughout his life, including designs for film sets and storyboards. This group, however, revealed Eisenstein’s sexual imagination, in part informed by his own bisexuality as well as his considerable reading and travel. Arranged in groupings that demonstrate a diversity of content, the drawings on view were intimately scaled, mostly monochromatic, with flashes of colored pencil typically in red or blue.

As historian Joan Neuberger notes, during his time in Mexico, “Eisenstein confirmed that drawing was no less important in his work as an artist than film-making and theory writing,” though it remains lesser-known. Many of his films are subtly subversive in his refusal to broadly prioritize propagandistic Soviet Realism over experimentation with camera techniques. In his “sex drawings,” Eisenstein engages in pointed institutional critiques, occasionally through the inclusion of Christian iconography and clergy members entwined in sexual acts that might be read as sacrilegious. He also illustrates figures engaged in intercourse in public spaces including the circus, nightclubs, and the streets. One red and black pencil drawing includes the text “Drag,” and features two figures in an environment that evokes a nightclub, likely in New York. One figure wearing a man’s suit appears to be reaching up the second figure’s dress as they recline on a sofa. Through his exploration of this content, Eisenstein constructs succinct and transgressive visual stories in a medium that was intentionally less public-facing than his films.

Also present in many of these drawings are irreverent depictions of inter-species relations including: a scene of matadors and bulls engaged in oral sex, and a fornicating alligator and rabbit captioned “Fucking, according to the Best System.” These pairings highlight Eisenstein’s fascination with dualities, which he called the “unity of opposites,” as well as his interest in representing a broad range of behaviors and desires reflecting the Freudian topicality of their time. Eisenstein’s experiences in Hollywood are apparent in these drawings, in particular his interest in Walt Disney’s films, which he claimed were “the greatest contribution of the American people to art,” and which informed his sometimes cartoonish style demonstrated in a drawing of a nude man draped backwards over an expressively wide-eyed giraffe.

After spending six months in California, Eisenstein traveled to Mexico to begin filming ¡Que Viva México!, an epic about the country’s history. He intended his trip to last three to four months; it lasted over a year. In 1946, Eisenstein wrote, “it was in Mexico that my drawing underwent an internal catharsis, striving for mathematical abstraction and purity of line. The effect was considerably enhanced when this abstract, ‘intellectualized’ line was used for drawing especially sensual relationships between human figures.” This interest in line and interplay of figures underscores his connection to the work of Mexican muralists including Diego Rivera, who Eisenstein first met in 1927, and whose work he greatly admired.

The drawings on view had a rich history. When departing Mexico, Eisenstein was stopped, questioned and his luggage searched at the United States border where the drawings were nearly confiscated for their incendiary nature. Upon his return to Moscow at the height of Stalin’s rule he kept the explicit images hidden until his death in 1948. His widow, the writer and filmmaker Pera Atasheva, donated most of his graphic archive, with the exception of his sex drawings, to the Russian State Archives of Literature and Art in Moscow (RGALI). Atasheva entrusted the erotic drawings to Eisenstein’s close friend and collaborator, the famous Soviet cinematographer Andrei Moskvin, who protected the director’s reputation by keeping these drawings hidden. After Moskvin’s death in 1961, his widow safeguarded the drawings. In the late 1990s her heirs sold the drawings to the family of present owner. A quarter of the drawings were also donated to the permanent collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Also on view to provide visual context and connection to Eisenstein’s cinematic practice was a continual projection of the 1979 edit of ¡Que Viva México!, Eisenstein’s unfinished film which he began filming in Mexico in 1931. The film footage was edited by various people and released without Eisenstein’s participation in 1933, 1934, 1939,1940, and ultimately by his assistant director, Grigorii Alexandrov in 1979.

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Matthew Stephenson is a London based art dealer advising and representing artists and artist’s estates and assisting private collectors and institutions through the exhibition, acquisition and selling of 19th, 20th century and contemporary art.

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