Lazar Markovich Khidekel (1904-1986) was a student of Marc Chagall, one of the three principal followers of Kazimir Malevich, a pioneer in the visionary avant-garde movement called Suprematism, and, later, the only practicing Suprematist architect. Surviving Suprematism is the first exhibition to examine Khidekel’s career from the years immediately following the Russian revolution to the fall of the Soviet state. In the darkest years of Soviet totalitarianism, Khidekel managed to incorporate radical principles into official architectural commissions. This groundbreaking exhibition illuminates parallels between Khidekel’s survival as an artists in the Soviet Union and the strategies of Jewish endurance in the anti-Semitic state.
Surviving Suprematism is curated by Magnes chief curator Dr. Alla Efimova and accompanied by a color catalogue.