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2 Apr 2014

Mitta: Vitebsk is the turning point in the 20th-century art

Mitta: Vitebsk is the turning point in the 20th-century art

 VITEBSK, 2 April (BelTA) – Vitebsk is the turning point in the art of the 20th century, Russian film director Alexander Mitta told media ahead of the private screening of the film, Chagall-Malevich, in Vitebsk on 2 April, BelTA has learnt.

Alexander Mitta stressed that Vitebsk was homeland not only to Chagall. “The outstanding painter hosted the elite of the Russian avant-garde in his school. Lisitsky, Yermolayeva and Kazimir Malevich were present in Vitebsk at that time. Vitebsk as Marc Chagall’s homeland is known worldwide. Vitebsk is also the place when Malevich formulated the main theses of suprematism. Vitebsk is a homeland of the turning point in the art of the 20th century,” the film director said.

According to Alexander Mitta, the modern look of our buildings is Malevich’s merit. “He took Greek figures aside and gave way to the style of skyscrapers. The style is recognized all over the world. Japanese architects built a city using Malevich’s designs. He is one of the leaders of the art movement of the 20th century,” the film director said.

The two artists whose images are created in the picture are absolutely different. “No one will say he likes Malevich. One cannot like revolutionaries. They can be only admired. Chagall, for his part, is created entirely for love. He is loved by everyone. There is no country which art stores will have no Chagall’s reproductions. He is everywhere: in hotels, offices, apartments. His every work has reference to Vitebsk. He loves Vitebsk, and today Vitebsk is known worldwide. We are happy we have joined this Vitebsk love and done something to add more glory to this city,” the film director shared his thoughts and emotions.

Speaking about the filming process in Vitebsk, he stressed that it was selfless and dedicated work.

The pre-premiere screening of the full-length film, Chagall–Malevich, was held in Moscow on 31 march. The film premiere is scheduled on 3 April.

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