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Malevich at Tate Modern

In Museums on September 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Tate Modern’s exhibition about Kazimir Malevich is much more than just a black square. Although you’ll know a lot about black squares when you’re done.

Malevich (1875-1935) is not an easy artist to create an exhibition about. While his work might be rather straightforward to look at, looking at it is only part of the experience. To view his work and understand it – the nature of Suprematism and the philosophy underlying it – one needs to go on an art-historical journey to early twentieth century Russia.

Suprematism is mixed up with politics, identity and notions of the future, along with a healthy questioning of the very nature of art. It’s not a quick win.

I suspected Tate Modern would go on an intellectual rampage with this subject – as they are want to do – but was actually pleasantly surprised. Their curator has managed to tell the story clearly and concisely at each stage, allowing visitors to understand what they need to in order to make meaning in front of the art pieces.

If you don’t have time to see the exhibition before it closes on 26 October, you might want to watch Zaha Hadid’s programme about Malevich and his influence on her work. The Russian Revolutionary is on iPlayer until 16 September.

In other news, Zaha has today been confirmed as the designer of the Science Museum’s new Mathematics gallery, which will open in 2015.