Ivan Kliun

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Ivan Klyun.

Ivan Vasilyevich Klyun (Russian: Иван Васильевич Клюн; born Ivan Vasilyevich Klyunkov; 1873–1943) was a Russian painter, avant-garde artist (Suprematist, Constructivist), graphic artist and sculptor.


Ivan Klyun was born Ivan Vasilyevich Klyunkov on 1873 in Bolshie Gorki village (near Vladimir, Russia).

In 1881 together with the whole family moved to Ukraine. In 1890 he moved to Russian Poland, which at the time was part of the Russian Empire.

Original art education in Kiev and Warsaw (also served as an accountant) in 1890.

Ivan Klyun has studied at the Art School in Penza.

In 1889-1890 he studied at the school of the Society of the Encouragement of the Arts in Warsaw.

From 1890 to 1905 he studied art at the studios of F. Rerberg, Il. Mashkov and V. Fisher in Moscow.

From 1907 to 1914 he studied at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.

From 1910 to 1914 he has participated in exhibitions of the group of artists Soyuz Molodyozhi (Union of Youth) together with David Burliuk, Wladimir Burliuk, Kazimir Malevich, Pavel Filonov, Vladimir Tatlin, Yuri Annenkov and others.

In 1915 Klyun participated in exhibitions of the group Tramway V. In the same year he joined the group of artists Supremus that was led by Malevich.

In 1916 he together with artists-suprematists Kazimir Malevich, Aleksandra Ekster, Nina Genke, Liubov Popova, Nadezhda Udaltsova and others worked at Verbovka Village Folk Centre.

From 1917 to 1921 Klyun was Head of the Central Exhibition Bureau of the Fine Arts Department of Narkompros.

From 1918 to 1921 he taught at the VKhUTEMAS in Moscow.

Ivan Klyun died in 1943, Moscow.


  • Kliunkova-Soloveichik, Svetlana; Ohotin, edited by Nicholas A. (1994). Ivan Vasilievich Kliun. New York, NY: IVK Art. pp. xix+379. ISBN 0-9638440-0-8.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)