Collection: Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection

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Courtesy of Robert Bayer, Basel

A pioneer of geometric abstraction, Kasimir Malevich wrote a manifesto, From Cubism to Suprematism: The New Realism in Painting, and founded the Suprematist movement in 1915. For Malevich, painting had to be free of political or social content, purely aesthetic, and concerned only with formal issues of line, shape, and color. Declaring his Black Square (1915) the "zero of form," Malevich signaled an end to pictorial conventions and the origin of a new, modernist language of content-free forms. While Suprematism began before the Revolution of 1917, its influence was pervasive in the early Soviet period until the rise of Social Realism. Although Malevich eventually returned to representational painting, Suprematism had a huge impact on the development of abstract art in the both Soviet Union and in Western Europe.

Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions
2016
The Power of the Avant-GardeCentre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
2015
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015Whitechapel Gallery
In Search of 0,10 - The Last Futurist Exhibition of PaintingFondation Beyeler
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Suprematist Composition, 1915

Oil on canvas
31 7/10 × 31 7/10 in
80.4 × 80.6 cm
Location
Riehen

Collection: Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of Robert Bayer, Basel

A pioneer of geometric abstraction, Kasimir Malevich wrote a manifesto, From Cubism to Suprematism: The New Realism in Painting, and founded the Suprematist movement in 1915. For Malevich, painting had to be free of political or social content, purely aesthetic, and concerned only with formal issues of line, shape, and color. Declaring his Black Square (1915) the "zero of form," Malevich signaled an end to pictorial conventions and the origin of a new, modernist language of content-free forms. While Suprematism began before the Revolution of 1917, its influence was pervasive in the early Soviet period until the rise of Social Realism. Although Malevich eventually returned to representational painting, Suprematism had a huge impact on the development of abstract art in the both Soviet Union and in Western Europe.

Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from In Search of 0,10 - The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting
Other works from Fondation Beyeler
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