Zdeněk Sýkora. My Nature

February 5 - April 6 2019, Prague
Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář (Schönkirchovský palác)
Exhibiting artists

Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář is opening the exhibition My Nature, presenting a selection of Zdeněk Sýkora’s oeuvre. This is an intimate retrospective, showing some of Sýkora’s artwork in an entirely new context. One surprise is the inclusion of Sýkora’s photos from the first half of the 1940s, from the very first days of his artistic career, which were not associated with painting but with photography. In addition to the photographs, the curator’s selection chosen by Lenka Sýkorová, Zdeněk Sýkora’s wife and the co-maker of many of his works, also introduces some less-known Cubist paintings from the 1940s and a few Post-Impressionist landscapes from the 1950s. The show also presents some of the artist’s landscape paintings that he produced in parallel with his famous structures and lines, which of course cannot be omitted from the exhibition.
Lenka Sýkorová, the exhibition curator, uses a surprising interpretation to familiarize visitors with the work of one of the most distinctive personalities of the art world. The selection she has made ranges from Sýkora’s first known works from the early 1940s to those the artist made after 2000. Together with the original artworks, there are more than forty documentary photographs from the Sýkora’s personal archive on display, which capture interesting moments not only from the life of Zdeněk Sýkora but also from the lives of his paintings. 

As the name of the exhibition – My Nature – implies, the Zdeněk Sýkora show at Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář focuses on how he was inspired by nature, its changing cycles, and its intrinsic principles during his whole life. In 1990, the artist said, “I am a part of my art, but not the power that determines it. The more I want my paintings to be only that which they are, the more they are all-encompassing. My painting grew out of my love of nature and the art I saw before me.” 

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