Experiment /3ICcnepHMeHT 6 (2000), 12-15 CHARLOTI'E DOUGLAS The friendship of Mikhail Matiushin and Kazimir Malevich is one of the most crucial relationships for the history of Russian art, perhaps one can even say in the history of Modernism, or even go so far as to declare in the history of Western art as a whole. It led to the first Cubo-Futurist performance piece-Victory Over the Sun-in 1913, and, in general, their correspondence during this period is the best, and really the only, record we have of the mysterious process that led to the appearance of the Black Square and Malevich' s revolutionary geometric Suprematism. In spite of the fact that they were very different kinds of men, different in their personalities and stylistic approaches to art, their friendship conti.Q.ued for 22 years, until Matiushin's death in 1934, and, as far as we know, in mutual respect, without major, or even minor, upsets. For Malevich, Matiushin was a significant link with the Western art world; after all he had spent time in France, had even seen the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900, and he and those around him kept up with progressive art events abroad, something extremely important
Experiment – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2000
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