What are the roots of abstraction in the arts? Scholars refer to philosophy, theology, theosophy, and science. In this project, Tatiana Levina will analyze Kazimir Malevich’s reception of scientific research of his time. More concretely, she will consider Malevich’s theoretical writings in the context of developments in astronomy, mathematics, and physics in order to describe the roots of his urge to abstraction.
The current project builds on her previous research on Malevich’s reception of Russian religious metaphysics and classical metaphysical problems. She presented some initial ideas on the present topic in her talk for the international conference “The Problem of Religious Art in Modernity: Uses and Abuses of the Icon in Russia,” co-organized by the IWM in October 2020.