5 x Malewicz
publication date: 2011-11-20
author: Józef Żuk Piwkowski
5 x M – Malewicz Малевич Malevič Malewitsch Malevich
Why 5 x Malewicz?
If you take into account the importance of Kazimierz Malewicz's oeuvre – 5 times is not enough. 100 x Malewicz would be better, and nowadays Giga or Googol (10'100) Malewicz seems even more appropriate.
Unfortunately the expression 0 x Malewicz is much more true. He is the only great Polish artist who seems to be completely ignored in Poland. There is not a single painting here, no street, place, school, competition or event dedicated to him. The only positive exception is the Malewicz Room at the Polonia Palace Hotel, named after him in 2009 on the occasion of his 130th anniversary.
In the 5 x Malewicz project we show his name written in five languages:
Kazimierz Malewicz * Казимир Северинович Малевич * Kazimir Severinovič Malevič * Kasimir Malewitsch * Kazimir Malevich
Kazimierz Malewicz was born in Kiev of Polish parents. Due to the complicated history of this region the former territories of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and later of he Polish Kingdom in the year Malewicz was born belonged to Russia and then to the Soviet Union. Today they are part of Ukraine. By analogy one could state that Adam Mickiewicz and Czesław Miłosz were Russian, Jan Matejko and Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Austrian, and Fryderyk Chopin was French. Other countries which were important for Malewicz's biography are Germany, where he had an exhibition and where he had to interrupt his journey to Europe and go back to Russia, which he never managed to leave again, and France where he was planning to go with his exhibit. We also present his name in the most popular English transcript from Russian.
Iwona Malewicz, the artists relative and tireless promoter of his timeless oeuvre is the driving force behind this project. The exhibition at the Fibak Gallery is an event marking the beginning of 5 x M, its canvas being the ChairThrones by Tadeusz Mysłowski, particularly the ChairThrone for Kazimierz Malewicz. This is a project to honour eminent avant-garde artists by creating art objects designed on the basis of formal analysis of their works. The show also includes paintings by outstanding Polish abstract painters, with some reference to Malewicz's work, mainly form the Fibak Gallery collection.
I hope that this exhibition, together with the published catalogue, and further activities of the 5 x M project will help promote the visionary artist in Poland and will result in physical traces of his artistic heritage in Poland.