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January 18, 2015

Victory Over the Sun

The Russian Museum - The Moscow Stas Namin Theatre of Music and Drama reconstruction of the Alexei Kruchenykh, Mikhail Matiushin, Kazimir Malevich opera, Victory over the Sun (Russian: Победа над Cолнцем, Pobeda nad Solntsem), a Russian Futurist opera premiered in 1913 at the Luna Park in Saint Petersburg.

Zaum and Sun: The first Futurist opera revisited.

"When the Futurist opera Victory over the Sun was first performed in St Petersburg in 1913, the audience reacted violently to the chaos of Mikhail Matiushin's music, Alexei Kruchenykh's nonsensical text and Kazimir Malevich's costume. Subsequent critics and historians have reacted in a similarly negative fashion, and although the work is referred to often in histories of the Russian Futurist movement, it is largely on account of Malevich's contribution. His costumes were composed of bright geometric shapes and the backdrop included a black square - together these elements mark his first experiments with the technique of 'suprematism', which he was to continue to develop over the next two years. In 1915 at the 0.10 Exhibition, Malevich exhibited a large series of suprematist canvases composed of planes of colour, with his Black Square holding centre place, hung like an icon in the corner of the room."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 18, 2015 06:12 AM