Portfolio Naples October 2018 - Page 69

Bolshevik party. In May 1922 the first graduating class of the Vitebsk school of art was also the last. During the summer, Malevich left for Petrograd (now Saint Petersburg) with several of his students, and continued to develop his ideas on volumetric Suprematism, building mod- els of utopian architecture called Arkhitektons, and designing porcelain tableware. A number of these works will be shown in the exhibition. Moving to Berlin in 1922, Lissitzky further devel- oped his Prouns and, later, had his first solo exhibition in Hanover. e exhibition is divided into five sec- tions: "Post-Revolutionary Fervor in Vitebsk," "e People's Art School," "'e New Art': Lissitzky and Malevich," "Collective Utopia," and "After Vitebsk." e first section, "Post-Revolutionary Fervor in Vitebsk," focuses primarily on the impact that the Russian Revolution of 1917 had on Marc Chagall. His exu- berant and vibrant paintings from this period feature swinging or tilted figures - a reference to the upheavals of Russia in this epoch. Also included will be stud- ies made by Chagall and by David Yak- erson for banners to decorate the city of Vitebsk for the celebrations of the first anniversary of the Revolution. Kazimir Malevich, Mystic Suprematism (Red Cross on Black Circle), 1920-22, oil on canvas. Stedelijk Museum Collection, Amsterdam. Ownership recognized by agreement with the estate of Kazimir Malevich, 2008 Above: David Yakerson, Sketch for the Composition “Panel with the Figure of a Worker,” 1918, watercolor and ink on paper. Vitebsk Regional Museum of Local History. Photograph by Vorontsov Opposite page: Vera Ermolaeva, design for the opera Victory Over the Sun, 1920, woodcut with watercolor additions. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Larry Aldrich Fund, 1977. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, New York Lazar Khidekel, Suprematist Composition with Blue Square, 1921, ink, watercolor, and graphite on paper. Lazar Khidekel Family Archives and Art Collection. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 67