Zdeněk Sýkora: Black and White Structure Prague City Gallery presents works from its repositories 20. 12. 2016 – 8. 1. 2017
Tue-Sun 10 am – 8 pm
Curator: Sandra Baborovská
Restorer: Tomáš Lahoda, Academy of Fine Arts
As part of a periodical series of displays of art kept in its repositories, Prague City Gallery is presenting an iconic work by Zdeněk Sýkora (1920–2011), Black and White Structure (1966–1967), whose concept combines the opposite principles of strict order and randomness. As Zdeněk Sýkora, one of the most original figures of Czech and world art, explained, in creating it he was concerned with the combinatory properties of correlations and mutual positions involving several basic elements (either derived from the shape of the circle, or generated by division of the square), chosen with a view to making possible either their joining together in newly combined wholes, or contrariwise, setting them in isolation from one another. This structure as a whole is an organic compound structured in strict compliance with a determined set of rules. A shift of an individual element in the basic program results in a transformation of the whole structure.