The 32 works by Chagall appear alongside those of other visionaries of Russian modernism, including Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich
, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay, and Vladimir Tatlin.
The Ukrainian-born Kasimir Malevich
(1878-1935), who had come to Moscow in 1904, was close to Larionov and exhibited with the Donkey's Tail.
This dazzling exhibition contrasted six Kasimir Malevich
paintings with the work of twenty-five putative American legatees.
Two of the contributors are from Britain (Graham Howes on the early work of Walter Hussey as a patron and Charles Pickstone on Kasimir Malevich
as the culmination of the iconic tradition).
In addition, several essays offer sophisticated theological analysis, most notably Vrudny's engagement of torture and the sacramental imagination in the paintings of Ricardo Cinalli; Charles Pickstone's reflections on the transcendentals of beauty and truth in Kasimir Malevich
's Black Square; Cather Weaver's theological apologetics of outsider art; and Cindi Beth Johnson's treatment of esthetics and ecclesiology.
Judging by this show, the discipline that gave us ancient Greek amphorae, Renaissance majolica, the tea bowls of Japan and the constructivist coffee sets of Kasimir Malevich
now seems content to treat clay as fun stuff to fiddle with.
In the past, the museum has presented renowned artists including Paul Klee, Andy Warhol, Frantisek Kupka and Kasimir Malevich
, as well as upcoming artists like Fabian Marcaccio, Fred Sandback and Monika Sosnowska.
Members of the group UNOVIS (Affirmers of New Forms in Art), based in Vitebsk, including Kasimir Malevich
and El Lissitsky, immersed themselves in an artistic project intended to respond to the crisis of signification that was believed to accompany the Revolution and to create forms that would exhort the proletariat to work toward a glorious socialist future.
The four principle figures in the Constructivist movement were Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), Kasimir Malevich
(1878-1935), Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) and El Lissitzky (1900-1941).