Here are half a dozen books that make us dream, all while exercising our eyes and brains (not to mention, in some cases, our French, English, Russian, German or Japanese). In other words, these are genuine treasures available at affordable prices. Animaux à mimer/Samozveri, designed in 1926 by Alexander Rodchenko, Sergei Tretyakov and Vavara Stepanova, was recreated in 2010 in MeMo’s collection Trois Ourses. Tretyakov, a poet and playwright, asked his friend Rodchenko for photographs to accompany his text. He used the small characters and animals designed by Rodchenko’s wife, Stepanova, who had created these “animated pictures.” The album is a kind of collaborative interpretation, with the help of Rodchenko and Stepanova’s grandson, Alexander Lavrentiev, who shared not only his archives and family memories, but also digital copies of the images.
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