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Sheikha Mayassa graces opening of Malevich exhibition

Sheikha Mayassa graces opening of Malevich exhibition

Tribune News Network
Doha
Her Excellency Sheikha al Mayassa bint Hamad al Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums (QM), attended the opening of the ‘Kazimir Malevich: Genius of the Russian Avant-garde’ exhibition, organised in collaboration with the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg and held at the Fire Station Garage Gallery.
The opening ceremony also welcomed Director of the State Russian Museum Dr Vladimir Gusev, Deputy Director of the State Russian Museum and curator of the exhibition Dr Evgenia Petrova and publisher of the catalog and co-curator Joseph Kiblitsky, along with other VIPs and dignitaries. The exhibition will be on show from March 23 to May 31.
The exhibition offers a poignant view of the works of an influential innovator of the last century whose movement Suprematism continues to inspire artists and architects worldwide. Although a seminal figure in art history, this comprehensive display featuring more than 100 pieces from the collection of the State Russian Museum is a first for the Arab world.
Sheikha Reem al Thani, director of exhibitions at QM, said: “First envisioned as part of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture, the Kazimir Malevich showcase is a complementary event to the ‘Russian Avant-garde: Pioneers and Direct Descendants’ exhibition held at the Fire Station last year. Visitors who were inspired by these remarkable works can now take a more nuanced look into an originator of the movement. We have worked very closely with colleagues from the State Russian Museum, whom we thank for the chance to bring masterpieces by Malevich to the region for the first time.”
The Russian State Museum holds the largest and most complete collection of Malevich’s works, and so the exhibition is able to track the evolution of his art – from the earliest period of a realistic and symbolist nature through to his later work created one year before his passing. Several of his most famous paintings, including ‘Red Square’ and costumes from his opera ‘Victory Over the Sun,’ are on view at the Fire Station.
Dr Petrova said: “Working with Qatar Museums has allowed us to create an in-depth view into Malevich’s body of work, a fascinating representation of his break away from traditional artistic expression of that time, to a completely new artform. One of Kazimir Malevich’s greatest hopes for his art and artistic endeavours was to organise exhibitions abroad and I am so pleased we are able to continue doing so, bringing his mastery to new audiences in the region.”
Malevich’s exploration of forms evolved against the background of radical changes in art and society both in Russia and the international scene. Exploring this trajectory, the exhibition brings together for the first-time examples of work from his entire career, including early decorative sketches and poster designs, Cubist and Futurist paintings, ceramic works and architectural sculptures.

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