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In February 2013, Lazar Khidekel's works will be presented at the Moscow Proun Gallery's exhibition "The BLUE".
Once again, we wish to thank all friends and members of the Lazar Khidekel Society, curators and art historians, sponsors and supporters who made 2011 a wonderful and fruitful year!
2012 started with a new solo exhibition "Lazar Markovich Khidekel - the Rediscovered Suprematist, Part 2" at Historic Landmark - The Leuenhof on Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, running January 25 through April 28, 2012.
The exhibition was curated by Dorothea Strauss, Director of the Haus Konstruktiv Museum, in co-operation with Ettore Gualtiero Robbiani. It presented previously unexhibited work and architectural models according to original plans. Over 150 works were on display, documenting Lazar Khidekel's development from Cubo-Futurism to Suprematism, including his urban-development designs for a green city, which from today’s perspective seem foresighted, almost prophetic.
Exhibit Introduction by Dorothea Strauss, Director of the Haus Konstruktiv Museum: Russian Suprematism – a Foundation Stone of Art from the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Lazar Khidekel's personal creative searches from the 1950 - 1960's will be presented at the Moscow Proun Gallery's inaugural exhibition "House that was Built by Proun", marking its 5th Anniversary.
Opening: May 18, 2012, 6:00 PM
Proun Gallery Center of Contemporary Art "Vinzavod" | Галерея Проун, Центр современного искусства «Винзавод»
Москва, 105120,4-й Сыромятнический переулок, (метро Чкаловская), дом 1/6
An article by Ettore Gualtiero Robbiani about Lazar Khidekel as the visionary artist, architect and philosopher was published in Zurich's magazine AHEAD, Issue 3, 2011. Lazar Khidekel's mid-1920s futuristic projects of the "city used renewable energies together with available natural resources to exist in harmony with nature and cosmic energy" called by Ettore Robbiani a Green Utopia, were so much ahead of his time that only today could be appreciated and reevaluated from the position of the magazine dedicated to Energy Revolution as an option for the future.
Read My Memories of Lazar Markovich Khidekel (in Russian) by Pyotr Otlan via Snob.ru
In footsteps of Malevich - Visiting Nemchinovka village in Moscow area - June 2012
Kazimir Malevich was married for the second time to the resident of the settlement Nemchinovka Sofja Rafalovich. They lived on the first floor of his wife father's house (his name was Michail Ferdinandovich Rafalovich) to the address: ul. Borodinskaya, 18. K. Malevich loved Nemchinovka very much and after his death in 1935 under his will he was buried in the surroundings of Nemchinovka, under the large lonely standing oak.
In June 1931 Malevich wrote to his friend, painter I.V.Klyun: "When I die, all the painters from all over the world and that who knows me should bury me in Barvikha. ... And they should place the turrent on my grave in the form of that column that is situated in the Tretyakov Gallery, ... with the tower where the telescope will be put to look at Jupiter".
Malevich understood that it would hardly be possible to bury him in Barvikha and before his death asked to bury him in Nemchinovka, that was done by his closest friends and relatives.
The grave represented not a large pit 80x80 cm, where the burial urn from alabaster was put into and then the pit was likely filled up with the cement solution. Near it, Suetin's cube with the black square on one of its sides was placed. After winter 1941-1942 the burial place was hardly to find, as the heavy military machines passed along these places and the oak (as it was very visible during air attacks on Moscow) was possibly destroyed.
Since then there have been many attempts to find this place. In the eighties it was decided to mount a small memorable sign and it was constructed to a greater extent arbitrarily at the edge of Nemchinovskij forest.
In 2002 the uncommercial partnership "Nemchinovka and Malevich" (N&M) was organized, and one of its aims is to define the real burial place of K. Malevich.
As a result of systematic work in archives, questioning of the old residents of Nemchinovka, we succeeded in defining the place of searching. The search in this area with the use of geophysical techniques was led by N&M and the field party of the shallow electrical survey laboratory of the geological faculty, MSU, during summer 2004. The results were the following: there was found the heterogeneousness of the soil layer on the depth up to 3 meters that could be left by the rootage of the large tree. The analysis of the soil sample, carried out by us in the regional station of chemization, showed the increased temper (approximately twice as much) in comparison with the check sample taken outside this heterogeneousness area and that confirms our supposition.
Superficial excavations gave the large quantity of ceramic and glass-ware fragments of the early twentieth century. The check excavations did not bring such a result. They correspond with old residents' recollection that the place at the famous oak was very popular for picnics right up to Malevich's burial there.
The results of the conducted work allow with a high degree of probability to suppose that the burial place has been found.
The situation in Nemchinovka today horrifies the numerous admirers of Russian classical avant-gard all over the world. It is difficult to get to the memorable sign in the self-styled settlement of Malevich (there is a barrier and guard there). The house where Malevich lived is in emergency situation.
The country should preserve and develop its cultural heritage, in this case such a well known as Russian classical avant-garde. There is no place in the world more significant for such a famous brand as Russian classical avant-garde and its most prominent representative Kazimir Malevich.
2011First solo exhibition of Lazar Khidekel in Europe "Lazar Markovich Khidekel - the Rediscovered Suprematist", from the artist's estate, was a part of the COMPLETE CONCRETE, an exhibition on the 100-year of development of Constructivist, concrete and conceptual art and its effect on the present. Curated by Dorothea Strauss, COMPLETE CONCRETE is two-installments show at Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, August 2010 - January 2011.
Lazar Khidekel's manifesto "AERO. Articles and Projects, Vitebsk, 1920, has been included in the "timeline" which guides the public through decades from 1910 to 2010, thus forming the foundation of the presentation. "Timeline" is presented at a permanent show on the museum’s ground floor, which remains unchanged for the entire five months of the exhibition COMPLETE CONCRETE run
"Lazar Khidekel. The Rediscovered Suprematist" solo exhibition was a great success on national and European scale. Wide press coverage made Lazar Khidekel a sensation of the season (links below) We were surprised to read about the exhibition on our way to Zurich in the Swiss airline Magazine as well.
The exhibition "Полеты во сне и наяву / Flights in Dream and Reality" in conjunction with the Moscow Biennial, at Proun Gallery took place through September 24 - December 28, 2011. The article by Regina Khidekel Trajectory of Suprematism was included in the catalog.
"Lazar Khidekel. The Tamed Talent", 2011. A documentary about work, life and destiny of avant-garde artist in the totalitarian society was created in St. Petersburg for Channel Cultura by Elena Plugatyreva, Olga Radvilovich, and Natalia Radomanova.
The Lazar Khidekel Society is deeply grateful to the New York Malevich Society for a grant supporting our work on a large-scale monograph Lazar Khidekel (1904-1986): The Suprematist Vision of the World.
In conjunction with the exhibition "Lazar Markovich Khidekel - the Rediscovered Suprematist, Part 2" at Historic Landmark - The Leuenhof on Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich the jewelry objects based on Lazar Khidekel's Suprematist images were shown – the Khidekel Brand has been launched!
President, Lazar Khidekel Society
Articles & Videos
Video of the Exhibition "Полеты во сне и наяву / Flights in Dream and Reality" (in Russian)
TV Channel Kultura - Article and video of the exhibition "Полеты во сне и наяву / Flights in Dream and Reality" (in Russian)
Art Moscow - Article about "Полеты во сне и наяву / Flights in Dream and Reality" (in Russian)
WINZAVOD Center for Contemporary Art - Article about "Полеты во сне и наяву / Flights in Dream and Reality" (in Russian)
ArtInvestment.ru - Avant-garde Exhibition at Proun Gallery (in Russian)
Yatsan Yat-san Feed - Exhibition at Proun Gallery
Afisha.ru - Reviews of "Полеты во сне и наяву / Flights in Dream and Reality" (in Russian)
TV Channel Kultura - Article and video of the Exhibition "Полеты во сне и наяву / Flights in Dream and Reality" (in Russian)
ArtGuide.ru - Proun Gallery listing
November 27, 2010 - Schweizer Illustrierte
by Kati Moser
To read this article as a PDF, click here
November 18, 2010 - Neue Zurcher Zeitung
Avantgardistische Kunst - losgelost von allem Irdischen
by Brigitte Ulmer
http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/kultur/zuercher_kultur/avantgardistische_kunst__losgeloest_von_allem_irdischen_1.8414780.html To read this article as a PDF, click here
Gazeta.ru - The Illusion of Flight (in Russian)
Publication of the monograph Lazar Khidekel by O.S. Khan-Magomedov, 2008
The First Suprematist Architect - review of the monograph by O.S. Khan-Magomedov, 2008 (in Russian)
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