KAZIMIR MALEVICH’S SUPREMATISM AND MODERNIST ARTISTIC MYTHOLOGY AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO RELIGION

  • Elnara Taidre
Keywords: Artistic Mythology, Modernism, Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, Russian- Avant- Garde, Utopia

Abstract

The present paper discusses the religious and mythological aspects of the Suprematism of Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935). The purpose is to not to provide a broad and detailed overview of Malevich’s artistic practices, but to focus on the tendency to mythologise. The Suprematist art conception of Malevich radically changed the means of expression of visual art at the beginning of the 20  century, conclusively breaking all connections with mimetic art and starting from scratch with the “language” of pure geometric forms. Therefore (and especially from the viewpoint of the current journal’s central issue, dedicated to art and religion), of special interest is the fact that the formal innovations of Suprematism were motivated by impulses related to religious and, more broadly, mythological thinking.

Author Biography

Elnara Taidre
Elnara Taidre is an art historian based in Tallinn. Her research interests include modern (Estonian) and contemporary art, and more specifcally artistic mythologies in the visual arts of the 20  century. She is currently a PhD student in Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts and works as the keeper of the Research Support Collection of Prints and Drawings of the Art Museum of Estonia. Her recent projects include cuth rating the exhibition Tõnis Vint and His Aesthetic Universe (2012, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia) and compiling the book of the same title that accompanied the exhibition.
Published
2014-11-19