The Berlin of the 1920s provided a home and transitional staging
post for innumerable Russian emigrants, including many artists and
intellectuals. The influx was so great that people even spoke of
a »Russian Berlin«.
The art and literary magazine »Zhar-ptitsa« (The Firebird) began
to appear in 1921 in one of the many Russian publishing houses in
Berlin at that time. This magazine offered essays on contemporary
art, reviews of ballet and theatrical performances as well as poems
and prose by emigrated authors. Nevertheless, there were no reflections
on what was happening in their old home country.
Great attention was paid to the design of this magazine. The quality
of its reproductions of the works of outstanding Russian artists
and illustrators was excellent.