A painting vandalized with a spray-painted dollar sign.

365 Days of Art – January 4: Malevich Painting Vandalized

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematime, 1920-1927, vandalized 1997

January 4, 1997

Russian-born performance artist Alex Brener added his own touch–a spray-painted green dollar sign–to Kazimir Malevich’s painting Suprematisme while it hung in the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam. This was his comment on the “corruption and commercialism” of the art world. According to Brener, “Malevich wanted to change to the world using art. But now he is just a commercial site.” The Amsterdam Criminal Court sentenced the artist to ten months’ imprisonment and two years’ probation, and surprisingly, only a two-year ban from the Stedelijk Museum galleries.

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