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Sikora, Rudolf / End of the Anthropocene?

1985–2018

mixed technique, pencil, India ink, digital print, kappa paper, 161 × 120cm

purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

The Anthropocene is a new term coined by the ecologist Eugen Stoermer. It expresses the fact that humankind, as a global entity, influences the Earth’s ecosystem through its activities. All available studies indicate that these activities are highly destructive and detrimental – not only to the planet’s current biosphere and atmosphere, but also to the future existence of humanity itself. In this collage, Sikora works with the motif of a fracture in a hypothetical rock, which enables him to pose the explicit and alarming question: “The Anthropocene – the last geological age or the last human age?”. He thus uncompromisingly addresses a question that has been vehemently discussed since the 1970s: Will humanity survive itself?

SIKORA RUDOLF

(1946, Žilina) Painter, graphic artist, photographer, sculptor. One of the most important Slovak conceptual artists, he has been active since the late 1960s. In 1963–1969 he studied in Bratislava, attending two institutions simultaneously: the Academy of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Performing Arts (where he studied scenography for two years). In 1970 he organized an exhibition at his own studio, which expressed a protest against the communist establishment; as a result he was officially blacklisted, and he became part of the underground art scene. After the Velvet Revolution, he worked as an advisor to the country’s first two ministers of culture, and from 1990 he taught at several higher education institutions (the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and its namesake in Prague). His works are represented in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and more. His debut exhibition was in 1969; at the time he worked with a semiotic system composed of maps, plans and topographic sketches. From the outset of his career, Sikora’s work has been deeply concerned with ecology and the environment. He creates varied compositions addressing topics such as cities, human beings, and the topography of planets and the universe. He works with visual compositions consisting of photographs, digital photography (modified using software), collage, and combinations of painting and photography. In his most recent works (which he terms “Eco-comics”), he uses openly critical rhetoric to express his opposition to humans’ exploitation of the planet and civilization’s focus on the ethos of money and over-consumption.
acrylic, canvas, wood, 153 × 150.5 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture
1994

Sikora, Rudolf / Suprematists’ Tomb VI

digital print, kappa paper, 173 × 275 cm, purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
1995–2019

Sikora, Rudolf / Touching a grave II

digital print, canvas, 120×178 cm, purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
1972–2019

Sikora, Rudolf / Cross-sections of civilization

triptych, offset, collage, paper, plywood, dimensions of each part 120 × 85 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture
1979

Sikora, Rudolf / Concentration of Energy (Black Hole IV)

digital print, canvas, 131,5 × 120 cm, purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
1981–2015

Sikora, Rudolf / Square for Malevič – from the cycle Noospheres

collage, particleboard, 131.3 × 122.2 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture
1981/1983

Sikora, Rudolf / From the cycle Noosphere (Threat?)

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Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

undated
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Balabán, Daniel / Concrete (Below a Slag-Heap)

1983
Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

1996
Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

1921
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