Supreme Abstraction

The uncompromising artistic life of Kasimir Malevich

"I reject the soul and intuition as unnecessary. On February 19th, 1914, at a public lecture, I rejected reason." So went the uncompromising artistic life of Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935), the visionary Russian artist and founder of Suprematism—his quest, through geometric abstraction, to achieve "the supremacy of pure sensation in creative art." The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg has organized a traveling exhibition of more than 120 of its Malevich works (including Suprematismus, 1915, above), which opens September 5 at the Bank Austria Kunstforum, in Vienna.