Malewicz: Beyond Censorship

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Context

Kazimir Malewicz (1879–1935) is one of the 20th century’s most significant artists – yet also one of the most incomprehensible. Censored in Russia during his lifetime, and erased from the cultural scene for decades, his work survived the socio-political disasters of the last century. While his work was ‘rediscovered’ in the West in the late 1950s, it would be another three decades before it was accessible to the Russian public. 

A number of myths about the artist’s ethnic background, his rapport to the religious culture of his Russian environment and his place in modern European art, as well as various interpretations of Malewicz’s oeuvre and ‘obsessions’ are considered in Nakov’s book. The suprematist form, an essential aspect of his art,  shapes a decisive understanding of his artistic message and the writings open the doors to suprematism. 

The book questions several anti-modernist visual and cultural prejudices and uncovers hidden layers of a creative production that shows itself to be increasingly important to our comprehension of 20th-century modernity.

Goals 

The goal of this project is to advance the public’s appreciation of the artist Kazimir Malewicz through the publication of Andréi Nakov’s book Malewicz: Beyond Censorship, in English and French.

Activities 

The book is available for 35€ on the Bibliotheca Artibus et Historiae website. 

  • 180 pages
  • Laminated hardback, 109 colour illustrations

KBF CANADA is working with IRSA Foundation for the Promotion of Culture on this project, a Polish nonprofit that supports educational, cultural and scholarly activities as well as research and publishing.