Malevich's Black Square is the Hour Zero of modern art for many artists, showing how much one work can change the course of art history. But what were Malevich's motivations and where did this iconic painting take him after 1915?



Malevich’s literally iconic Black Square may take centre stage in art history books as a turning point in modern art, but this exhibition shows another side to the father of abstraction, with his suprising and progressive return to figuration in his later career. From how they have evoked the display of the ground-breaking 1915 exhibition 0.10, to unpicking Malevich’s later workers’ portraits, Achim Borchardt-Hume, curator of the major Malevich retrospective at Tate Modern, takes us through the exhbition and introduces the key themes.

Malevich is at Tate Modern 16 July – 26 October 2014. 


Thank you for this sensational exhibition which I enjoyed seeing last week. If I may, I have one comment in regard to Malevich's Black Square and associated drawings. It was wonderful to see so many of his drawings, but for me, the work which would have further extended discussion would have been '34 Drawings', which would help to illuminate further Malevich's influence on contemporary artworks on the basis of the impicit themes of seriality and temporality in the work, surely one of his most important legacies. Briony Fer in her book On Abstract Art writes very well about this. There is a time element to his teaching work on view, and I think an additional reference to time and the zero of forms would have been interesting.