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Inspired by the introduction of real materials in Cubist collage, Puni created relief constructions that combined found elements into abstract painterly compositions. He was closely associated with Kazimir Malevich and was a co-author and signatory of the Suprematist Manifesto of 1916, which proclaimed a new type of abstract art for a new era in history: ‘…it is absurd to force our age into the old forms of a bygone age. The hollow of the past cannot contain the gigantic constructions and movement of our life.’

January 2016