For over thirty years, Vladimir Radunsky (1954–2018) created books that appealed to audiences young and old with a combination of creativity and wit. The new exhibition in the Zimmerli Museum features illustrations for four of his books that demonstrate the incredible breadth of his talents: his self-authored The Mighty Asparagus, a reimagining of a Russian folktale; the renowned poet Joseph Brodsky’s ode to America, Discovery; acclaimed dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov’s life-affirming tale Because . . . ; and his final collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka, Mother Goose of Pudding Lane.

Vladimir Radunsky Title page for the book Discover, published 1999 Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund © Vladimir Radunsky

The Zimmerli celebrates the recent acquisition of illustrations for two of these books through the generous support of the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund. They have a welcome home at the museum, where they enrich and complement our existing collection of illustrations for children’s literature, as well as the Riabov Russian Collection and the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union.

Organized by Nicole Simpson, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Julia Tulovsky, Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art

This exhibition and brochure are made possible by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund. Special thanks to Eugenia Radunsky and Chris Raschka.