Lazar Khidekel was one of the founders of the UNOVIS art association in Vitebsk that became the center of the world avant-garde. A student of Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, a prominent suprematist artist whose early works anticipated the minimal-art, he entered history as the world's first suprematic architect, author of the first architectural ecological manifesto of the XX century and the projects of eco-cities that were way ahead of their time.
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The closure of the anniversary cycle of events dedicated to 100 years of the legendary Vitebsk art association was marked by the publication of a bilingual book "They Will Understand Us in 100 Years. Lazar Khidekel. Нас поймут через 100 лет. Лазарь Хидекель" created by the Belarusian-Jewish Cultural Heritage Center together with the Lazar Khidekel Society, edited by Regina Khidekel, PhD of Fine Arts.
The book was published for the namesake exhibition of Lazar Khidekel artwork that opened at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus in February 2020, on the day of the 100th anniversary of UNOVIS.
The book presentation took place on November 23 at Columbia University (New York). The presentation was attended by Regina Khidekel, the book editor and founder of the Russian-American Cultural Center and the Lazar Khidekel Society; Christina Lodder, president of the Malevich Society; Maria Kokkori, author and fine art expert; and Maya Katznelson, curator of #UNOVIS100 project and founder of the Belarusian-Jewish Cultural Heritage Center.
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YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK IN BELARUS AT:
- National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk, Lenin st., 20 (book and souvenir kiosk, first floor); - Republican Art Gallery of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Minsk, Kozlova str., 3 ("Palace of Art", Design & Art store, 2nd floor).
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Maya Katznelson, founder of the Belarusian-Jewish Cultural Heritage Center Citydog.by read
"Time has shown that at this moment Belarus is ready not only to remember but to truly understand and regain its heritage. To me it seems like a symbolic coincidence that 100 years ago a group of young people from Vitebsk opened a knowledge portal that was far ahead of the times they were living in".
Authors: Regina Khidekel, Maria Kokkori, Alexander Bouras, Tatiana Kotovich, Valery Shishanov, Roi Salgueiro Barrio Book design: Katerina Khrolovich Cover design: Vladimir Gorz Published by Lazar Khidekel Society, New York, 2020
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Malevich Society (New York)
Belarusian-Jewish Cultural Heritage Center Lazar Khidekel Society