Starting from his early paintings of Russian landscapes, agricultural workers and religious scenes, the exhibition features abstract painting and his iconic Suprematist compositions, including almost all the surviving paintings from the legendary 0.10 exhibition. It explores his collaborative involvement with architecture and theatre, including his designs for the avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun.
Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935) was a radical, mysterious and hugely influential figure in modern art, who lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth century history. Tate Modern will present the first major Malevich retrospective for almost twenty-five years. This groundbreaking exhibition will draw on the world’s greatest collections of his work to offer an expansive view of his career in its entirety.
Having come of age in Tsarist Russia, Malevich witnessed the October Revolution first-hand. His early experiments as a painter led him towards the cataclysmic invention of Suprematism, a bold visual language of abstract geometric shapes and stark colours, epitomised by the Black Square. A definitively radical gesture, it was revealed to the world after months of secrecy and was hidden again for almost half a century after its creator’s death. It sits on a par with Duchamp’s ‘readymade’ as a game-changing moment in twentieth century art and continues to inspire and confound viewers to this day.
Starting from his early paintings of Russian landscapes, agricultural workers and religious scenes, visitors will see Malevich’s journey towards abstract painting and his iconic Suprematist compositions, including almost all the surviving paintings from the legendary 0.10 exhibition. The show will explore his collaborative involvement with architecture and theatre, including his designs for the avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun. The exhibition will also follow his temporary abandonment of painting in favour of teaching and writing, and his much-debated return to figurative painting in later life.
Malevich’s work tells a fascinating story about the dream of a new social order, the successes and pitfalls of revolutionary ideals, and the power of art itself. This exhibition will, for the first time, offer visitors a chance to trace his groundbreaking developments not only through well-known masterpieces but also through earlier and later work, sculpture, design objects, and rarely-seen prints and drawings.
Tate Modern’s exhibition is made possible by a unique collaboration between the Stedelijk Museum and Khardzhiev Foundation in Amsterdam and the Costakis Collection in Thessaloniki, enriched with key loans from public and private collections around the world, including the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg; State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; MoMA, New York; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. It will also bring together the largest number of Malevich’s works on paper ever to be displayed. Unprecedented in scope, the exhibition will shed new light on his career, from his participation in the quest for a new society to his confrontation with the Stalinist regime.
Malevich is curated at Tate Modern by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Head of Exhibitions and Iria Candela, Curator, International Art, with Fiontan Moran, Assistant Curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery. It is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, with each venue presenting different aspects of Malevich’s remarkable career from October 2013 to October 2014.
The Blavatnik Family Foundation
The Blavatnik Family Foundation supports a wide range of cultural, educational and charitable causes in the UK, the US, Israel, Russia and throughout the world. These include the establishment of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford, support for the Tate Modern Extension, and science programmes at Harvard, Yale, and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V.
Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V.(The Netherlands), European banking arm of Alfa Bank Group, is honoured to give its support to the unique retrospective of Kazimir Malevich at Tate Modern in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. We are confident that the exhibition will become an important event in London cultural life and greatly contribute to the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Russian modern art. The exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam had tremendous success and was one of the highlights of the 2013 Russia-Netherlands year.
Alfa Bank Group is known for their multi-year tradition of charitable activities and for the patronage of Russia’s historical, cultural and spiritual heritage. It is a part of Alfa Group Consortium, Russia’s largest privately owned investment group, founded in 1989, with interests in commercial and investment banking, asset management, insurance, retail trade, many other business areas. The Group typically focuses on value-oriented, longer-term opportunities, primarily in Russia and the CIS, but also invests in other markets within its strategic business objectives.
Russia Visualised is a year-long presentation of visual arts and culture programming across London to celebrate the UK Russia Year of Culture in 2014. Leading galleries and museums contributing a rich variety of exhibitions and events to the Russia Visualised programme include Calvert 22 Gallery, Tate Modern, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Science Museum, the V&A and the Whitechapel Gallery. From Russian space exploration to avant-garde Russian theatre, Russia Visualised will highlight Russia’s visual arts heritage and its place in 21st-century culture.
Sponsored by Blavatnik Family Foundation and Amsterdam Trade Bank
Image: Kazimir Malevich, Self Portrait 1908-1910. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
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