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Puni was one of a number of Russian artists who were influenced by Cubism, and went on to develop a purely abstract art. He was closely associated with Kasimir 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. Inspired by the introduction of real materials in Cubist collage, he created relief constructions that combined found elements into abstract painterly compositions.

April 2009