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Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
LONDON • Tate Modern • 16 July - 26 October 2014
|Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935) has long been celebrated as one of the seminal founders of nonobjective art in the 20th century. He lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth century history. Tate Modern presents the first major Malevich retrospective for almost twenty-five years.|
Starting from his early paintings of Russian landscapes, agricultural workers and religious scenes, visitors can see Malevich’s journey towards abstract painting and his iconic Suprematist compositions, including almost all the surviving paintings from the legendary 0.10 exhibition. The show explores his collaborative involvement with architecture and theatre, including his designs for the avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun. The exhibition also follows his temporary abandonment of painting in favour of teaching and writing, and his much-debated return to figurative painting in later life.
Between 1915 and 1932, Malevich developed a system of abstract painting called Suprematism, an art of pure form meant to be universally comprehensible regardless of cultural or ethnic origin. Like his contemporaries Piet Mondrian and Vasily Kandinsky, Malevich created an artistic utopia that became the secular equivalent of religious painting—in his case intending to replace the ubiquitous icon of the Russian home—creating works meant to evoke higher states of spiritual consciousness.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.
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