reviews

  • “Moscow-Paris 1900–1930”

    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

    Art which is 60 years old is assumed to bear little relationship to the current historical juncture; it is usually addressed with such formulas as “cultural heritage” and is expected to lie quietly on the walls of retrospective exhibitions. This exhibition (the first in the Soviet Union to chronicle in detail Russia’s contribution to modern art, and larger than the Paris version of two years ago by over 400 works) proved less tractable. Thirty years of storage in the vaults of Russian museums have not made compliant this art, which at its inception Kazimir Malevich announced “no longer cares to

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