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Kazimir Malevich • © State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Kazimir Malevich
© State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Tate Modern  •  16 July - 26 October 2014
 
Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935) has long been celebrated as one of the seminal founders of nonobjective art in the 20th century. He lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth century history. Tate Modern presents the first major Malevich retrospective for almost twenty-five years.

Starting from his early paintings of Russian landscapes, agricultural workers and religious scenes, visitors can see Malevich’s journey towards abstract painting and his iconic Suprematist compositions, including almost all the surviving paintings from the legendary 0.10 exhibition. The show explores his collaborative involvement with architecture and theatre, including his designs for the avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun. The exhibition also follows his temporary abandonment of painting in favour of teaching and writing, and his much-debated return to figurative painting in later life.

Between 1915 and 1932, Malevich developed a system of abstract painting called Suprematism, an art of pure form meant to be universally comprehensible regardless of cultural or ethnic origin. Like his contemporaries Piet Mondrian and Vasily Kandinsky, Malevich created an artistic utopia that became the secular equivalent of religious painting—in his case intending to replace the ubiquitous icon of the Russian home—creating works meant to evoke higher states of spiritual consciousness.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.

Tate Modern Website


Contact: Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 78 87 88 88

In our paradise...
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  10 July - 3 August 2014
 
 
Originally curated by Galina Skliarenko, for the National Academy of Arts in Kiev, the show highlights some of the challenges encountered by Ukraine over the last few decades, including the most recent unrest faced by its people. The exhibition brings together recent photography by Oleksandr Babak and Anatol Stepanenko, Victor Marushchenko, Tiberiy Silvashi and Anna Voitenko.

Saatchi Gallery Website


Contact: Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London
SW3 4RY

Digital Revolution: An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Art Gallery  •  3 July - 14 September 2014
 
 

Digital Revolution explores and celebrates the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s. The exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks to the future considering the impact of creative coding, DIY culture, digital communities and the creative possibilities offered by technologies including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies, robotics and 3D printing.

Curated by Conrad Bodman, the exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen); Universal Everything; Seeper; will.i.am and artist Yuri Suzuki; and a collaboration with Google in the form of digital art commissions called DevArt, pushing the possibilities of coding as a creative art form, featuring four new gallery commissions, an online inspiration hub and a competition for undiscovered creative coders. It also presents work by Oscar®-winning visual effects (VFX) Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s film Inception; artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Björk , Amon Tobin, CuteCircuit and game developers such as Harmonix Music Systems (Dance Central).



Barbican Centre Website


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Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: (44) 20 76 38 88 91

Bill Viola: Martyrs
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  St Paul's Cathedral  •  6 May - 31 December 2014
 
 
St Paul's Cathedralihosts Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), the first of two large-scale permanent video installations created by artist Bill Viola.

Created by Bill Viola and Kira Perov and opened in May 2014, Martyrs shows four individuals, across four colour vertical plasma screens, being martyred by the four classical elements.

As the work opens, four individuals are shown in stasis, a pause from their suffering. Gradually there is movement in each scene as an element of nature begins to disturb their stillness. Flames rain down, winds begin to lash, water cascades, and earth flies up. As the elements rage, each martyr’s resolve remains unchanged. In their most violent assault, the elements represent the darkest hour of the martyr’s passage through death into the light.

The work has no sound. It lasts for seven minutes.

Martyrs will be joined in 2015 by a second piece entitled Mary, which the artist has conceived as a companion work. The installations have been gifted to Tate, and are on long-term loan to St Paul’s Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral Website


Contact: St Paul's Cathedral
London
Tel: (44) 020 7246 8348

<P>Oscar Murillo: <EM>Dark Americano</EM>, 2012Oil and dirt on canvas304.8 x 429.3 cm</P>

Oscar Murillo: Dark Americano, 2012
Oil and dirt on canvas
304.8 x 429.3 cm

Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  2 April - 31 August 2014
 
 
Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, this major survey reunites the two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their contemporary artists. The exhibition explores the parallels between their distinctly diverse cultures and creative practices, as they begin to receive recognition in the increasingly globalised art world. Years of colonial rule, rapid urban expansion, migration and political and economic unrest remain subjects for many of the artists.

Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America features work by Aboudia, Leonce Agbodjélou, Fredy Alzate, Antonio Malta Campos, Rafael Gómezbarros, David Koloane, José Lerma, Mário Macilau, Ibrahim Mahama, Dillon Marsh, Jose Carlos Martinat, Vincent Michea, Oscar Murillo, Alejandra Prieto, Boris Nzebo, Christian Rosa

Saatchi Gallery Website


Contact: Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London
SW3 4RY

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<EM>Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK</EM>British Museum
Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK
British Museum
Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  British Museum  •  2 May - 19 August 2014
 
 
Comics Unmasked is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. It explores the full anarchic range of the medium with works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, alongside original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork that demystify the creative process.

The extensive comic book collection on display alongside original artwork and scripts features loans from such names as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, China Mieville and Mark Millar. From the 1825 Glasgow Looking Glass, thought to be the first ever comic, to Judge Dredd’s helmet from the recent film adaptation of the 2000AD Judge Dredd series.

British Museum Website


Contact: British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

Tel: (44) 020 7 323 82 99

Paolo Roversi, Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992. Barbès collection. Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985&lt;BR&gt;Digital print © Paolo Roversi&lt;BR&gt;
Paolo Roversi, Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992. Barbès collection. Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985<BR>Digital print © Paolo Roversi<BR>
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Art Gallery  •  9 April - 25 August 2014
 

After its North American tour the first international exhibition devoted to French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, who launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997, arrives in London. Dubbed fashion's enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. The show features 140 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach provided by UBU/Compagnie de création's animated mannequins.

The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution. Always provocative, he addresses issues of multiculturalism by bringing ethnic diversity to the Paris runway.



Barbican Centre Website


Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: (44) 20 76 38 88 91



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