Malevich, Tate Modern, Level 3, The Eyal Ofer Galleries, until 26 October 2014
It is nearly a quarter of a century since the last major retrospective of the work of Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935). We are taken on an artistic journey which transverses a turbulent period in Russian history from the days of the last Tsar to those of Stalin.
It is a comprehensive exhibition which leads us from his early paintings to his growing interest in abstract shapes and his creation of Suprematism, which is best summed up by the Black Square, a painting that is widely regarded as one of the great masterpieces of twentieth century art.
We see his interest in architecture and theatre and his gradual move away from painting to teach and write and by the late 1920s his return to figurative painting. It is a tale of changes in social order, the rises and pitfalls of changes in regimes all of which are reflected in his art.
Have things changed that much today?