Work of the revolutionary Russian artist Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 7 February to 24 March 1991. Although Malevich is considered one of the greatest creative innovators of the twentieth century, his work, most of which is in various state collections in the Soviet Union, has rarely been seen even in his own country. This exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective of his work ever held in the United States. Over 100 paintings and drawings will represent all the stages of his career, ranging from his early neo-primitive phase to his late figurative work. Based largely on the 1988-89 Malevich exhibition drawn from the State Russian Museum, Leningrad, the State Tretyakov Museum, Moscow and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, it will include additional works from France, three other Soviet museums and American collections. Angelica Rudenstine, who selected the show, has constructed a new chronology based on recent scholarship for many of the works, which is published in the accompanying catalogue.
The exhibition is currently showing at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Centre, Los Angeles, where it will run until 13 January 1991 before coming to New York.
Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Friend of the Soviet Union displays Malevich'