In the early 20th century, Kazimir Malevich’s groundbreaking abstract paintings swam against the Stalinist tide of Soviet opinion. 100 years later those works have come to roost on London’s Southbank so pull back the Iron Curtain and take a look for yourself…
BY DEE IVA
Head to London's Tate Modern for Malevich, a major retrospective of the work of revolutionary artist Kazimir Malevich. His bold geometric paintings heralded the birth of the Russian Suprematist movement, which rejected figurative representation in favour of carefully constructed abstract designs.
ABOVE: 'Supremus No 55' 1916, Krasnodar Territorial Art Museum, Russia
BELOW: 'Suprematist Painting (with Black Trapezium and Red Square)' 1915, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Malevich's controversial 'Black Square', which ranks alongside Marcel Duchamp's urinal and Carl Andre's notorious brick installation as a landmark moment in modern art, is on show as well as early landscapes, rare drawings and prints, architectural collaborations and pieces from his later return to figurative painting.
The worlds of fashion, textiles, packaging design and graphics have all benefitted from this iconic artist's work, so pop along to the Southbank and see where it all began.
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Black Square' 1929, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
BELOW LEFT: 'An Englishman in Moscow' 1914, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
BELOW RIGHT: 'The Scyther (Mower) 1912, Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia
'Malevich, Revolutionary of Russian Art' is on now until 26 October 2014