Open air Black Square
Artist and the City. Kazimir Malevich art project kicks off in Minsk
By Olga Melekhova
An open air exhibition of Kazimir Malevich’s reproductions is being hosted by Minsk’s Yanka Kupala Square, showcasing 17 pieces. The works in impressionist, post-impressionist and Cubo-Futurist style have been provided by the Tretyakov State Gallery (Moscow) and the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg). Among the works copied are Black Square (1915), Red Square: Painterly Realism of a Peasant Woman in Two Dimensions (1915), Girl with a Comb in Her Hair (1932) and Self-Portrait (1910).
Kazimir Malevich revolutionised art by founding the trend of Suprematism. He was also a pedagogue, a theorist and a philosopher. According to Professor Igor Malevich, a Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, a writer and the artist’s grandnephew (who spent many years studying and examining archives), Kazimir Malevich is a national Belarusian artist — born in Kopyl.
This is the second phase of the Artist and the City art project, having begun with an outdoor exhibition of Marc Chagall reproductions, which remain on show in the centre of Minsk until late September.