Black Circle, 1915.


Kasimir Malevich

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.