The works of Kazimir Malevich and the suprematist theory of space as a new vision of contemporary art
Presented by Professor Jacek Kwiatkowski
Kazimir Malevich owes his worldwide recognition to practically one work – the Black Square. Yet, he was a versatile artist who, like Pablo Picasso, was able to work in all genres of artistic painting. Few people know that Malevich was also an outstanding intellectual and a philosopher of space theory. He was the creator of Suprematism, an early twentieth-century art movement, and he developed an innovative theory of contemporary art, based on anthropocentrism, emotional connections, and personal and interpersonal relations. Malevich’s life, nearly 100 years after his death, is still full of unsolved riddles.
Jacek Kwiatkowski is an expert in the space theory and new urban concepts. He is an associate professor of Urban Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Warsaw. His work on the theory of space in Suprematism was praised by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology. Professor Kwiatkowski also served as a Scientific Consultant of the “Poland 2000 Plus” Forecast Committee of the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has written numerous publications on the development of modern cities and has participated in numerous international conferences and congresses.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Polish Studies Center (PSC), and Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute (REEI), and the Russian Studies Workshop (RSW).