The Book

For half a century the National Art Museum in Kiev basement served as a burial place for over 2,600 artworks by Russian and Ukrainian painters and sculptors that the Stalin regime had repressed. There  languished the “dangerous” art, as it was referred to but half a century earlier. 

Billions of dollars-worth of cast-off artworks were strewn around that basement.

In 1991, with the breaking of the basement lock, hundreds of extraordinary paintings by Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Lazar Lissitzky, Lyubov Popova, Natalia Goncharova and many other great artists were rediscovered.

This book, a product of ten years of research, tells the incredible story of some 50 Malevich oil paintings that for decades were considered as lost.