TateShots: Malevich, First Look

by Saturday, July 19, 2014

Malevich’s Black Square is the Hour Zero of modern art for many artists, showing how much one work can change the course of art history. But what were Malevich’s motivations and where did this iconic painting take him after 1915?

Malevich’s literally iconic Black Square may take centre stage in art history books as a turning point in modern art, but this exhibition shows another side to the father of abstraction, with his suprising and progressive return to figuration in his later career. From how they have evoked the display of the ground-breaking 1915 exhibition 0.10, to unpicking Malevich’s later workers’ portraits, Achim Borchardt-Hume, curator of the major Malevich retrospective at Tate Modern, takes us through the exhbition and introduces the key themes.

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