Suprematism, named by Russian avant-garde artist Kasimir Malevich, is a key movement of modern art. Malevich created the movement from the abstract style that he had developed from 1913, which used simple geometric forms and a restricted color palette.

The first Suprematist exhibition was held in 1915 in St. Petersburg, and was called 0.10. It displayed 35 of Malevich's works, including his legendary Black Square. Malevich also published a book in 1927 called The Non-Objective World, now considered as one of the most influential writings on abstract art. In it, he claimed that the extreme abstraction he employed in his works was an attempt to “desperately to free art from the dead weight of the real world." Key characteristics of Malevich's suprematist works are geometric forms that appear to float on a white background, and the idea of color bound in space. 

Suprematism has inspired many artists since its creation in 1913, including László Moholy-Nagy and El Lissitzky. The movement still serves as inspiration for many contemporary artists today — join Artsper to discover our selection, including Go Segawa and Nicolas Dubreuille!

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