Special offer on the publications by Andréi Nakov

IRSA has just published a book by Andréi Nakov concerning the painter Kazimir Malewicz. It is Nakov’s third book on the Russian Avantgarde, after „Kandinsky, the Enigma of the First Abstract Painting” and  „Tatlin’s Reliefs: from Cubism to Abstraction”, published by IRSA.

On this occasion we  offer a set of these three excellent books and selected issues of “Artibus et Historiae” at discounted prices.

Malewicz: Beyond Censorship

The aim of the book is to question a certain number of anti-modernist visual and cultural prejudices. Advancing ever further in his interpretation of the artist’s oeuvre, Andréi Nakov uncovers hidden layers of a creative production that shows itself to be increasingly important to our comprehension of 20th-century modernity.

Regular price €35

Tatlin’s Reliefs: from Cubism to Abstraction

This book discusses the history and significance of the first abstract reliefs and presents numerous hitherto unpublished documents and an interpretation that casts a new light on the history of modern art, both Russian (Malewicz, Popova, Exter and other artists) and Western (Boccioni or Brancusi). A special place is given to an examination of the Cubist sources (Picasso) that played a decisive role in the artist’s bold creative leap.

Regular price €39

Kandinsky, the Enigma of the First Abstract Painting

More than an innovative interpretation of Painting with a Circle, this book reveals the multiple levels of censorship that beset the creation of the first purely abstract composition and in many ways beset it still. Casting an entirely new look on it in the light of hitherto unpublished documents relating to the circumstances of its creation and its cultural sources, Andréi Nakov finally does justice to its historical and artistic importance.

Regular price €37

We have prepared special discounts:

  • a set of three books: „Kandinsky, the Enigma of the First Abstract Painting”,  „Tatlin’s Reliefs: from Cubism to Abstraction” and „Malewicz: beyond Censorship” is available for purchase for only € 90
  • a set of any two of the above books of your choice for only € 65

As all of these titles are in English or French, it is possible to combine books in both languages in your set.


are available for purchase for only € 10.

VAT and shipping is added to the listed prices.

Orders can be placed via email irsa@irsa.com.pl

This special offer is valid until the end of 2021.

(Regrettably single books are available at regular price only.)

The Slavic-born, French-educated art historian Andréi Nakov has organized major museum exhibitions in the last five decades: Berlin (1977), London (1976 and 1984), Frankfurt (1987), Tokyo (1988), Madrid (1989), Ottawa (2016) and elsewhere. Since 1972, his substantial studies on Futurism, Dada, Constructivism and especially the beginnings of abstract art (Kandinsky, Larionov, Mondrian, Kupka and Freundlich among others) have been published in French, German, English, Italian, Russian and other languages. His publications on the work and writings of Kazimir Malewicz (Paris 1975 and 2003, Stockholm 2010), a four-volume monograph (in French in 2007, English translation in 2010) and a Catalogue raisonné (Paris 2002) are regarded as authoritative works on this artist. His works on Constructivism began in 1972 with a French edition of the writings of Nikolai Tarabukin and the first posthumous monograph devoted to Aleksandra Exter. They were followed by the exhibition catalogue Tatlin’s Dream (London 1973), 2 Stenberg 2 (Paris–London–Toronto, 1975) and the exhibition catalogue Dada and Constructivism (Tokyo and Kamakura 1988, Madrid 1989). Several titles by Nakov have been translated and/or reprinted.