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Collections Costakis and Khardzhier... became Malovich's and Russian's avant-garden .. representative body in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

"We wish to build the world up
according to a subjectless system ,
departing further and further
from the object,
like the cosmo's creation of nature."
K. Malovich, Letter to the Dutch Artists 1922

( Tekst/Photography by Mersina- Tzina Alimpoutaki-Joustra.
   All rights reserved).       
                                        Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in Museumplein( Museum Square ) in Amsterdam exhibited 'Kazimir Malevich and the Russian avant-garde from October 19, 2013 till 2 February 2014.



                                            Museumplein- museum square in Amsterdam depicted the Russian avant-garde art that in the years surrounding the Russian revolution was the movement in which- for the first time throughout the world- Russian artists produced the first non-figurative art.
  Born in Moscow (1913-1990) from Greek parents, worked first as driver for the Greek Embassy and later on as Head of Personnel for the Canadian Embassy  the art collector George Costakis without any atistic education established contacts with artists and special with the new abstract art.
But even the Russian revolution under the leadership of Lenin supported the new artistics ideas and the modernism in culture Costakis had at first collected Dutch masters of landscape art and works by Pablo Picasso and Matisse that interested him until 1946.
                                       Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in Museum Square.


According to Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam the exhibition 'Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde ' is the largest survey in many years to explore Malevich's work ( 1878- 1935) who was one of the most important founders of abstract art.
The exhibition brings together works in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum with pieces from the prestigious collections of Nikolai Khardzhiev and George Costakis, the first collectors of Russian avant-garde art. In the turbulent Russia of those days art and politics were inexticably connected...Thanks to the Costakis and Khardzhiev collections Malevich's work and the Russsian avant-garde the exhibition is a tribute to both..."
Was in 1946 when Costakis received signals by the power of the strong colours and geometrics design by Suprematist and Constructivist art.
Works of the new arts had been lost or forgotten in studios of artists and basements of Moscow and Lenigrand rolled upn and covered with dust. In 1960 his house became the meeting place for international collectors and he was continuing  to buy works by artists as Kasimir Malevich, Liubov Popova, Ivan Kliun, Nikolai Suetin and many others..
N. Suetin was one of his most important friends. He specialized in the design of various types of applied art.
         Kazimir Malevich. Title: Head of a peasant.1930. On loan from the Sepherot Foundation.


In 1977 the collector Costakis left the Soviet Union together with his family and moved to Greece.
Be cause of an agreement he should leave behind the half of his collection -50 per cent - in the State Tretyakov Gallery of Moscow. In 1997 the Greek State bought the remaining 1275 artworks of his collection which are now part of tghe permanent collection of the State Museum of Contemporary Art, in ThessalonĂ­ki in Greece.
                                   The State Museum of Contemporary Art in ThessalonĂ­ki. Greece.
       It was founded in 1997 at the occasion of Thessaloniki's  year as European Capital of Culture.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
               Stedelijk's Museum Amsterdam introduction of George Costakis collection...
 














 
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