Born to Polish parents in Kiev in 1879, Kazmir Malevich's name was destined to become inextricably synonymous with the spearheading of a revolutionary art movement.
To many, Malevich's artistic work is considered to be a reactionary product of the very landscape that shaped him. Spending his formative years under the rule of Tsar Nicholas II, Malevich's pieces more than occasionally bear the themes of political rebellion and social revolution.
Though earlier work concentrates on traditional artistic themes of the time (agriculture, workers, religious scenes) tangible objects of the actual world are gradually usurped by artistic abstraction, and this distinction in approach is keenly felt in the retrospective's curation.
Malevich's novel approach to painting (Suprematism as it later became known) is noted for its simple geographic shapes which are rendered in a limited colour palette. The movement derives its name from the so called supremacy of artistic feeling over visual depiction of material objects. Thus, Suprematism's artistic merit is said to lie in its ability to convey meaning and emotion through composition and form.