PRINT December 2014

Daniel Birnbaum

View of “Elements of Architecture,” 2014, Central Pavilion, Venice. Fireplace display. From the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Photo: Francesco Galli.

1 “KANDINSKY, MALEVICH, MONDRIAN: THE INFINITE WHITE ABYSS” (K20 KUNSTSAMMLUNG NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, DÜSSELDORF; CURATED BY MARION ACKERMANN AND ISABELLE MALZ WITH ANSGAR LORENZ) In a nice twist to the ubiquity of the modernist black square, this excellent show explored the use of white in the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian. The monochrome labyrinth of the exhibition space itself conveyed the sense of walking around inside a monumental Mondrian painting. Iconic works were given ample space presented alone on individual walls, while four compact laboratories introduced a productive density: One could dig for hours through philosophical and archival material covering themes relevant to these artists’ longing for a fourth dimension beyond everyday perception, including color, occultism, science, film, and architecture. And then back out into the white

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