The non-figurative, abstract image is not a modernist invention. The prohibition of figuration and the notion that it is impossible to depict the almighty are based on much older philosophical and religious ancestry. But a hundred and a few years ago, Kazimir Malevich’s black square appeared for the first time. A century later, painters all over the world revisit this non-figurative square and extract new meanings from the abstract image.
In Madhat Kakei’s abstract cabinet Moderna Museet presents a large number of works by this Kurdish-Swedish painter who deserves more recognition, alongside a few seminal contemporary artists who have found other roads to abstraction: Etel Adnan, Joe Bradley, Günther Förg, Martin Kippenberger, Jutta Koether, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sophie Tottie, Rosemarie Trockel, and Fredrik Vaerslev.
Curator: Daniel Birnbaum