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Vystavka Proizvedenii K. S. Malevich. (Exhibition of Works by K. S. Malevich)

Malevich, Kasimir. Fedorov-Davydov, Aleksei

Moscow. Gosudarstvennaia Tret'iakovskaia Gallereia. 1929
An excellent copy of the catalogue for the exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery intended to rehabilitate Malevich.

From the edition limited to 1,000 copies.

Malevich's 1929 exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery (the foremost museum for Russian art in Moscow at the time) was an attempt, after his Suprematist work had been banned from exhibition in 1926, to reposition the artist as an adherent to peasant-inclined orthodoxy. To that end, the director of the modern department at the gallery, Aleksei Fedorov-Davydov, included an image of Malevich's 'Na Senokose' (Haymaking) alongside his analysis of Malevich's development, the importance of art for Socialism and discussion of the gallery's collection of art of the Revolution. Although the exhibition in Moscow was largely without controversy, the exhibition then moved to Kiev where Malevich's work was impounded and the director of the Kiev Art Gallery arrested and imprisoned; Malevich's did not have his work returned to him for more than two years.

[Rowell & Wye 828].
[4 leaves; pp. 10 (wrappers incl.]. Small 8vo. (176 x 130 mm). Publication details to inner front wrapper, leaf with monochrome reproduction of Malevich's Na Senokose' (Haymaking) as frontispiece verso and three leaves with Fedorov-Davydov's text recto and verso. Original publisher's printed wrappers stapled as issued, titles to front cover in black, publisher's vignette and credits to rear cover.

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