Malevich Black Square inspires show

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It’s been nearly a century since avant-gardist Kazimir Malevich stunned the world of art with his controversial “Black Square”.

It is now at the heart of an exhibition honouring the Ukrainian-born painter at the Vitebsk Regional History Museum in Belorussia.

Considered as the father of suprematism – an art movement focused on basic geometric forms – Malevich has inspired numerous artists.

“Thanks to Malevich, I discovered the notion of geometric abstraction. In the past, I favoured Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, but Malevich pushed me towards creating a concept of my own,” says artist Alexander Dosuzhev.

Sculptor Alexander Slepov says he was inspired by Malevich for his installation “Flame Bearer”.

“The sculpture “Flame Bearer” is one of a series on this theme. It is based on elements reminiscent of Kazimir Malevich’s work and his basic colours: black, white, red and ocre. The objects are the cross, the circle and the square. The entire volume has been composed with Malevich art forms,” says Alexander Slepov.

The Black Square exhibition runs at the Vitebsk Regional History Museum until the end of January.

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