The first retrospective in thirty years of a radical and fiercely intellectual modernist, Kazimir Malevich, will open this week at Tate Modern in London.
A radical painter and influential figure in the pre-war period, Kazimir Malevich created a real breakthrough in representational art. He was the master who invented the bold abstract language of suprematism, famously taking it to its limits with his Black Square. But this show also looks at early landscapes, at sculptures and theatrical works as well as rare collection of drawings.
Malevich (1879-1935) was born in Ukraine, of Polish descent. He lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth century history. Having come of age in Tsarist Russia, Malevich witnessed the First World War and the October Revolution first-hand. He spent his formative artistic years in Moscow where he studied at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Through the 1910s, Malevich developed his artistic style, reflecting the major shifts in modern art from this period, moving from Post-Impressionism to Primitivism to Cubo-Futurism. Malevich’s Suprematist movement developed in the heady days of 1913-1915 when Russia was on the cusp of revolution.
This first major retrospective of the artist offers a stunning overview of his work, thanks to over 400 loans from around the world, including exhibits from Russia, Europe and the US. Bringing together paintings, sculptures, theatre and an unprecedented collection of drawings it offers a complete view of Malevich’s career, celebrating some of the most progressive art ever made.
Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
16 July – 26 October 2014
Tate Modern, London