press release

The exhibition presents over one hundred works by Kasimir Malevich (Kiev, 1878 - Leningrad, 1935) with the aim of offering a deep insight into the artist’s work, showing paintings, drawings, books, etc. Included are impressionist sketches, and the idealized images of the world of the peasant, which he produced between 1911 and 1912, and special attention is paid to his cube-futuristic works.

The exhibition also shows the preparatory drawings for the futuristic opera, Victory over the sun which was the preceding step towards total abstraction, as well as several suprematist works which are representative of non-figuration, including the emblematic Black Square from the State Museum, St. Petersburg, and a large number of post-suprematist works. The selection finishes with the enigmatic return of Malevich in the 1930s to the theme of peasant farmers and figuration.

His architectural projects, from the National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the State Museum of St. Petersburg and private collections will also be shown.

The exhibition will also provide us with a unique opportunity to see works from numerous international museums and collections such as the State Museum of St. Petersburg, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Theatre and Literature Museum of St. Petersburg, the Kustodiev Art Gallery of Astrakhan, the Nizhny Novgorod Art Museum, the Yekaterinburg Art Museum, the Ivanovo Regional Art Museum and the Thessalonica State Museum of Contemporary Art.

With the aim of showing Malevich’s various stages and styles before suprematism, works from a great number of provincial Russian museums and private collections have been gathered together. As a result, numerous original works and documents of great interest which until now were little known have been obtained.


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Kasimir Malewitsch

20.03.06 - 28.05.06 Museo de Bellas Artes Bilbao
Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona