The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde, with selections from the Khardzhiev and Costakis collections, the largest survey in twenty years devoted to the work of the Russian avant-garde pioneer Kazimir Malevich (1879 - 1935).
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam holds the largest collection of Malevich's work outside of Russia, which was the subject of a large-scale exhibition at the museum in 1989. Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde is a tribute to the artist and his contemporaries, as well as the culmination of 2013 as the year celebrating Dutch/Russian relations in the Netherlands.
Not only an artist, Malevich was an influential teacher and a passionate advocate of the 'new' art. The show is a tribute to the Russian avant- garde of the early 20th century, with Malevich as its focal point. Although best known for his purely abstract work, he was inspired by diverse art movements of his day, including Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, and Cubism; his own visual language was also influenced by Russian icon painting and folk art. Through oil paintings, gouaches, drawings, and sculptures, the exhibition traces the rich variety of his oeuvre. All the phases in Malevich's career are on view, from his Impressionist period to his iconic Suprematist phase - his Black Square was its most radical consequence - to the lesser-known figurative works that followed.