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The extraordinary revolution of a simple black square

In the years leading up to the Russian Revolution, the music of Prokofiev and the poetry of Mayakovsky took Moscow and St Petersburg by storm – and a remarkable painter, Kazimir Malevich, was breaking barriers on canvas.

Tom Service visits Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery to find out more.

This is the first of Ten Icons of a Russian Century, part of the Radio 3 season Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture.


6 minutes

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