July 2014 saw Tate Modern produce a retrospective exhibition of Russia’s radical artist Kazimir Malevich (1879 – 1935).
Chronicling a career from talented teenage painter to pioneer of geometric abstract art the exhibition displays works that cover experiments with numerous styles of painting, collaborations with other artists in the mediums of film and music, a period of Russian folk art knows as Lubok through a period the artist described as “Cubo-Futuristic” and on to his founding of Suprematism.
At the “Exhibition of Futurist Paintings 0.10” exhibited in Petrograd in 1915 visitors were presented with the iconic “Black Square”. As part of this exhibition Tate Modern are displaying the “Black Square” surrounded by the same works, in the same position and context as the artist had done in that landmark exhibition.
Kazimir Malevich was a truly remarkable artist who’s perception and vision troubled the Stalinist regime more than a little. Spectrum Art & Design Ltd. were delighted to reproduce one of his Geometric pieces and a large scale map of Russia at the entrance to this extraordinary exhibition.