PAVEL FILONOV. WITNESS TO THE INVISIBLE.
Among the prominent artists of the Russian avant-garde, Pavel Filonov perhaps one of the few that is still virtually unknown to Western audiences. The name of Pavel Filonov, however, was a mystery until recently not only in the West but also in Russia. The 66 works in this first exhibition of Filonov in Spain come to discover this master. About his work a strict ban that would extend over almost five decades was imposed. In 1929 a monographic exhibition of the artist waited almost a year in the halls of the Russian Museum in Leningrad then without actually opening their doors to the public. However, the first monographic exhibition of Filonov had to wait until spring 1988, when it opened at the Russian Museum. In February 1990 an exhibition of the artist opened in Paris at the Georges Pompidou Center, which was followed by another in the same year, at the Kunsthalle in Dusseldorf.