“…but what would Malevich say?”
When we first asked Donald Judd in 1992 if he would want to show his works side by side with Malevich works selected by him, he answered: “I think it’s good, but what would Malevich say?” Such modesty from Donald Judd, known for his willpower, showed his enormous respect for the work of Kazimir Malevich. Galerie Gmurzynska had known Judd since the 1960’s as a connoisseur, critic and collector, who often came to the gallery during his frequent trips to Cologne.
After our visit to Marfa and with the continued support of Rudi Fuchs, as well as Rainer, Flavin and Michèle Judd, the exhibition entitled “The Moscow Installation” became a reality and opened on March 5th, 1994, at the gallery in Cologne. Donald Judd died on February 12th, 1994, only weeks before the opening. It thus became his last exhibition.
Today, 23 years later, it is with tremendous pleasure that we are inaugurating our new exhibition space in Zurich with an exhibition of JUDD / MALEVICH, curated by Flavin Judd, accompanied by this in-depth publication with texts by Flavin Judd, Dr Evgenia Petrova (Deputy Director of the State Russian Museum) and the historical text by the famed curator and art-historian Rudi Fuchs. We are grateful to everyone who has helped in bringing together this historically relevant exhibition and publication.
Krystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer