This exhibition celebrates the historic moment in the history of modern art when Kazimir Malevich debuted his new non-objective paintings under the banner of Suprematism and Vladimir Tatlin introduced his revolutionary counter-relief sculptures. They were bitter rivals and diametrically opposed in their creative thinking, so when their new works appeared in an exhibition, entitled 0,10 and organized by fellow artist Ivan Puni in St. Petersburg in 1915, the other 12 artists in the show chose sides. The presentation at the Fondation Beyeler will include most of the works from the original exhibition, many of which are leaving Russia for the first time.
It was at the 0,10 exhibition that Kazimir Malevich presented his Black Square for the first time. The painting, which caused a great stir in its day, enduringly shaped the definition of non-objective art and continues to exert a powerful influence upon many artists today.