Bielefeld

Bielefeld

Kasimir Malevich: The Late Work

Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Artur-Ladebeck-Straße 5
February 20–May 21, 2000

The figurative paintings realized by Malevich after his 1927 Berlin retrospective have long puzzled art historians. Many are unconvincingly antedated remakes in the various styles (Impressionism, “primitivism,” Cubism, Futurism, etc.) the artist passed en route to his 1915 breakthrough; others are hybrids, blending the language of Renaissance portraiture with a kind of Art Deco version of Suprematism. The deliberately out-of-sync character is usually explained away by the oppressive political context, but this rationalization is too simple; they are far from comfortable in the Stalinist canon. This exhibition, organized by Kunsthalle director Thomas Kellein, is the first exclusively devoted to Malevich’s late works: Irony or tragedy—or both?