Liubov Popova
Russian, 1889-1924
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2015
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015,
Whitechapel Gallery
In Search of 0,10 - The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting,
Fondation Beyeler
2014
Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History,
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

A key figure in the Russian avant-garde movement (popular in the period between the Russian Revolution of 1917 and 1932), Liubov Popova’s experimentation in abstract painting produced some of Cubism’s most innovative works. Popova’s overlapping planes of painterly architectonics, as she called them (stemming from Kasimir Malevich’s “architectonics”), created dynamic interactions between shapes and colors in both abstract and semi-figurative paintings, often to three-dimensional effect. Late in her career, and inspired by political events in Russia, Popova developed an interest in Suprematism and eventually Constructivism, turning her attention to industrial design, which she deemed more useful art form.

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