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  • VALIE EXPORT, smart export, Selbsporträt, 1967.

    VALIE EXPORT, smart export, Selbsporträt, 1967.

    Valie Export

    Akademie der Künste | Pariser Platz
    Pariser Platz 4
    January 18–March 8, 2003

    Throughout her long career, Valie Export has remained ahead of the curve, whether as the sole female associate of the Viennese Actionists in the early ’60s or in her early-’70s self-identification as a “media artist.” Still, the body as a site for cultural inscription has remained central to the Austrian artist’s work, and her media analyses—investigating the increasingly blurred boundaries between technology and the self—have always been connected to larger social themes. Curated by Hildtrud Ebert and Frank Wagner, this exhibition of approximately 140 works helps raise Berlin’s temperature in the darkest days of its cold winter.

  • Black Circle, 1915.

    Black Circle, 1915.

    Kasimir Malevich

    PalaisPopulaire
    Unter den Linden 5
    January 18–April 27, 2003

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross Street
    October 3, 2003–January 11, 2004

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
    1071 Fifth Avenue
    June 1–September 7, 2003

    The Guggenheim’s delayed survey of the career of Kasimir Malevich, curated by Matthew Drutt (late of the Guggenheim and now with the Menil Collection, Houston), is probably the most revealing show to date of the wizard of the Russian avant-garde. Some 120 paintings, drawings, and objects, from breakthrough works like Black Square and Black Cross to the portraits of the ’30s, illustrate the evolution, achievements, and disintegration of the founder of Suprematism. If some of Malevich’s sociopolitical aspirations for his Soviet-period abstraction seem headily ambitious, there’s no doubting his intellectual rigor and pervasive influence. New archival research should give the multiauthor catalogue a long shelf life.