By Veniamin Mishin
The biggest exhibition for 30 years, devoted to the creative work of the famous avant-gardist Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) whose name had added lustre to Belarus, has been opened in the British capital. The exposition in 12 halls of the famous Tate Modern Gallery will last until October, 26th. At the exhibition entitled Malevich more than 400 pictures are presented in chronological order. The works have been brought from Russia, the USA, the Netherlands, and France. In London, famous copies of Black Square, delivered from Moscow and St. Petersburg, will be shown for the first time.
According to the curator of the exposition, Achim Borchardt-Hume, this is the first serious exhibition of Malevich in the United Kingdom. “Visitors can follow evolution of the creative work of the painter. We are very glad that we can show the brilliant exhibition of works of the genius Malevich in London, including the famous Black Square, which underlies modern abstract art,” the arts critic notes.
Kasimir Malevich is the founder of suprematism — one of the earliest demonstrations of abstract art of contemporary history. In 1919, Malevich came to Vitebsk as a teacher of the Folk School of Arts, organised by Marc Chagall. Here ideas of suprematism, which had been theoretically and conceptually worked out by Malevich by that time, were further developed.
Black Square, Black Circle, Red Square, Red Cavalry Riding, as well as Suprematist Composition which went under the hammer at Sotheby`s auction for $60,000,000 in November of 2008, are the best known works of the painter.