Lissitsky, together with the German poet and artist Kurt Schwitters, and the also poet and artist Dutchman Theo van Doesburg, pioneered the idea of an international artistic movement under the guidelines of constructivism. He also created institutional design for the Pelikan industries (as well as Schwitters) and made even child books (History of 2 squares; one version, in dutch, was printed at the de stijl magazine).
During all the '20s Lissitsky was able to keep his international links, with some episodes of retire to treat his tuberculosis in Switzerland sanatoriums. Back in the USSR, Lissitsky felt that the political climate had changed. Until the end of his short life he tried to keep his principles, working mainly in exhibitions design (Pressa Cologne, 1929) and photomontage. Some of his late works seem to be very official despite of a remaining avant-garde flavour. His "Proun Cabinet" can be viewed in a reconstruction in the Van Abbemuseum, Holland. His "abstract cabinet" is reconstructed in Sprengel Museum in Hannover, which also covers the life and works of his most important son, Kurt Schwitters.