Malevich in Focus: 1912–1922
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February 19–June 30, 2010
Kazimir Malevich (b. 1878, near Kiev, Ukraine; d. 1935, Leningrad), one of the
most celebrated Russian artists of his generation, is recognized for
his innovations in Suprematism, an abstract style that sought to
capture the essence of color and form. Before arriving at this point
around 1914, however, he experimented with various styles such as
Realism and Impressionism, as well as more current developments in
contemporary art. He was especially influenced by Cubism, characterized
by the breaking down of form and space, and Italian Futurism, which
sought to simultaneously convey shifting forms and the dynamism of the
modern city. Malevich had encountered these modernist movements through
his active engagement with the Russian avant-garde.
This intimate presentation of six paintings spans a ten-year period and illustrates Malevich’s path toward a truly original mode of artistic expression. Moreover, the works share a unique history: each was included in the retrospective exhibition of Malevich’s work in Poland and Germany in 1927 and the works have not been exhibited together since that time.