Sikora, Rudolf / Square for Malevič – from the cycle Noospheres
digital print, canvas, 131,5 × 120 cm
purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
Kazimir Malevich’s renowned 1915 painting entitled “Black Square on a White Background” represented a major step forward in the development of modern art. Sikora takes this fundamental cultural sign and situates it in a broader context. Above the relief of a mountain range there is a geometrical section from a black square, filled with an image of the universe. It is as if Sikora is expressing the universalist idea of the integration of humanity, the planet and the universe. Malevich’s painting, whose extreme minimalist stylization imbued it with an almost spiritual dimension, serves Sikora as a starting-point for his post-produced interpretation of the concept of the noosphere – a unification of humanity and nature in a single, conscious and thinking entity (Édouard Le Roy, 1927).