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Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

‘My favorite artists’ series of sculptures by Zurab Tsereteli. Kazimir Malevich monument at the Museum of Modern Art on Petrovka Street. Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich
One hundred years have passed since the day when Kazimir Malevich, standing in front of the newly started painting in his studio, suddenly, as if struck by thunder, rushed to paint the image with black … Thus, appeared Black Square – symbol of emptiness and death, and a new icon of the twentieth century art. Now the artist’s philosophy – a part of world history, and Malevich himself – a legend and one of the most expensive artists in the world. Looking at the black square, we can not forget that at the time of the creation of this horrible object, Russia was on the brink of revolution. This image is filled with threats and bad omens as if soon there will be something serious – as if the world will end soon. But … the legacy of the artist himself mysteriously absorbed in this very black square. The disappearance and the long process of recognition of the grave of Malevich – respectively a strange fate for the artist.

Escaping from the space of the black square Malevich. Sculptor Alexander Rozhnik

Escaping from the space of the black square Malevich. Sculptor Alexander Rozhnik

In late 2013 the Ministry of Culture of Moscow region has announced a competition for the best conceptual design of the memorial sign to the founder of Suprematism Kazimir Malevich. The aim of the competition, in addition to perpetuating the memory of the world-famous avant-garde artist, has been attracting tourists and visitors to the history of the Moscow region. Reception works started on 1 December 2013 and ended February 24, 2014. The winner of the competition for the best design of the monument to Kazimir Malevich in Moscow suburb (that is where lies the remains of the artist) was Alexander Rozhnik. The composition reflects the uniqueness of the creative artist and consists of several elements: Malevich himself, geometric shapes, and escaping from the space of the black square.

The construction on the left - a coffin-architecton designed by Nikolai Suetin

The construction on the left – a coffin – architecton designed by Nikolai Suetin

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Great artist Kazimir Malevich died in Leningrad, May 15, 1935. According to his will, the artist’s body was cremated in Suprematist coffin, and the urn then was buried under the oak near the village of Nemchinovka of Moscow region. Above the tomb was installed cubic monument depicted a black square.

Malevich was buried in 1935 near the oak in the Moscow suburb

Malevich was buried in 1935 near the oak in the Moscow suburb

The disappearance of the grave of the world-famous avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich – a brutal allegory of the history of modern Russia. In the Soviet Union created collective farms, built plants, worked on industrialization, went through the war and the cold war, and as a result, his village grave was lost. The sign disappeared, as well as the oak.

More recently, in 2012, the grave was discovered during the construction of a residential complex in the Moscow suburbs, Nemchinovka, where he was buried.

In August 2013 the artist’s relatives took the ground from the burial site. It was placed in the capsules, one of which is buried under the memorial sign in the village. The rest – transferred to the places associated with the life and work of Malevich.
The disappearance and the long process of recognition of the grave Malevich – a surprisingly suitable for the person who created the strangest work of art of the XX century.

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Funeral of Malivich. Supermatic coffin carried by Suetin

Funeral of Malevich. Supermatic coffin carried by Suetin

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Art exhibition in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Art exhibition in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Art group 'Blue noses'. Coffin of Malevich. 2011

Art group ‘Blue noses’. Coffin of Malevich. 2011

Corpse of art. 2003 installation devoted to Malevich. Art group Irwin

Corpse of art. 2003 installation devoted to Malevich. Art group Irwin

Detail of monument in Konotop. Kazimir Malevich

Detail of monument in Konotop. Kazimir Malevich

Funeral of Malevich. 2000. Author - Leonid Skokov

Funeral of Malevich. 2000. Author – Leonid Skokov

Holding his black square Kazimir Malevich. Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Holding his black square Kazimir Malevich. Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

In the Ukrainian city of Konotop erected a monument to the great avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich. Author Yuri Medvedev

In the Ukrainian city of Konotop erected a monument to the great avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich. Author Yuri Medvedev

Malevich coffin-architecton designed by Nikolai Suetin

Malevich coffin-architecton designed by Nikolai Suetin

Monument at the burial site of Malevich

Monument at the burial site of Malevich

The grave in Nemchinovka - a copy of the monument, established in 1929 at the grave of Ilia Chashnik

The grave in Nemchinovka – a copy of the monument, established in 1929 at the grave of Ilia Chashnik

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