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28.02.2019 - 31.03.2019

Esentai Gallery and the Art Future project are pleased to present to the viewer a long-awaited art project

"Malevich's black square". This is the way and no other way to describe the entire exhibition project of the young, but already won the hearts of millions, artist Bakhyt Bubikanova. Through a series of works presented in various media such as painting, sculpture, graphics, installation, video and performance, Bakhyt broadcasts his own path. Way to God!


It is often easy for a person to agree with the idea that art is the language of God. Contemplating beautiful pictures, listening to the music of famous composers, one cannot doubt this. Nowadays, art takes a variety of forms, and sometimes it is very ambiguous, evokes a variety of feelings: from delight to indifference. While looking for information on the connection between Malevich's works and his reflections on God, I came across a book by Lilia Ratner, a famous art critic, in the book “Art: the Language of God. From antiquity to the avant-garde ”, she tells in a lively manner about an alternative view of the work of Kazimir Malevich:

“The culmination of Malevich’s search was the invention of Suprematism, an absolutely original concept of creativity. Suprematism means "above" all other art. This is a kind of abstractionism, which is based on combinations of multi-colored planes of the simplest geometric outlines. A straight line, a square, a circle, a rectangle - that's enough. These figures are arranged in such a way that they convey internal movement, the resulting composition is asymmetrical, but balanced in its own way. The formats of Malevich's canvases tend to be square, everything is verified, everything is reduced to geometric formulas.

Malevich believed that the Suprematists had found the secret essence of everything. They were given color, like volume to sculptors, like sound to musicians, like letters to poets. According to Malevich, paint was put in the first place, it was “freed” from serving other purposes. And it allowed the artist to do

"Pure creativity", to assert the dominance of color energy. Its main colors are black, white and red. Black for him symbolized space, white is the silent whiteness of space, and the complex flowering of life is embodied in red ”.

Here is a quote from Malevich: “I broke through the blue lampshade of color restrictions, went out into white; follow me, comrades aviators, swim into the abyss, I have set the semaphores of Suprematism! " Reminds Mayakovsky: “Hey, you! Sky! Take off your hat, I'm coming! " - it's true? Malevich said that in art, truth is needed, not sincerity, sincerity is not needed by anyone.

It is good when the artist looks into the very depths of what he depicts. According to the artist,

"After all, the surface was also created by God!" The main thing is with what eyes the artist sees her - admiring or pragmatic.

Black Square is Malevich's most famous and most discussed work. How did it come about? The Futurists were very fond of theater. "Victory over the Sun" was the title of the opera, which was composed together by the poet A. Kruchenykh and the composer M. Matyushin, and Malevich did the scenery and costumes. The opera was staged in 1913 at the St. Petersburg Amusement Park. And there for the first time, the prototype of the black square appeared in the form of one of the decorations - it appeared instead of the solar circle. True, the square was not entirely black. The works that Malevich did at that time were called mysteriously: for example, "Alogism", "Station without stopping", "Violin and a cow". And the artist also hung in front of his paintings, for example, the following inscription: "The content is unknown to the author." All visitors to the exhibitions were intrigued - what does this mean?

And in 1915 Malevich wrote "Black Square". At the exhibition of the futurists, where many Suprematist compositions were hung on the walls, the Black Square hung in the most conspicuous place, in the red corner, where icons are usually hung in Russian houses. Malevich thus defiantly declared that this is an icon of Nothing. He said: "I killed the painting, buried it and sealed it with my Black Square!" Of course, "Black Square" then gave rise to many versions, interpretations, it continues to be interpreted in different ways even now. Malevich himself wrote with pathos: “The square is not a subconscious form. This is the creativity of the intuitive mind. The face of the new art. The square is a living regal baby. The first step of pure creativity in art. Before him there were naive deformities and a copy of nature. Our world of art has become different, pointless, pure. "

And here is how the “black square in a white frame” (this is the full name of the work) understood by the artist Alexander Benois, a subtle connoisseur of serious art, a wonderful artist himself: “Undoubtedly, this is that

The "icon" that gentlemen futurists offer instead of Madonnas and shameless Venuses, this is what

"Domination over the forms of nature."

The discovery of Suprematism gave a new impetus to the entire world artistic culture, it was very consonant with the aspirations of people at the beginning of the twentieth century - their pathos of detachment from the earth, the conquest of space. In the artistic expression of the "Black Square" one can catch unprecedented arrogance, but it is also possible - and evidence of a kind of God-seeking. It was a step that put a person in the face of everything - and nothing.

According to Bakhyt, "Black square in a white setting" is an ideal, harmony, "golden ratio", an ideal ratio of black to white. The ideal that we all strive for, sometimes losing ourselves in the hedonistic labyrinth of endless simulacra. Suprematism was not chosen by the artist in vain, it was he who marked "liberation to speak my own language and not depend on reason, meaning, logic, philosophy, psychology, various laws of causality and technical changes in life." The artist, with all her inherent "avant-garde", destroys forms, creating a new dialogue in the context of a recurring history. Our story.

Despite numerous participation in exhibitions in Kazakhstan and abroad, "Malevich's black square" is the first personal exhibition of Bakhyt Bubikanova. The exhibition features over 20 works in various techniques.

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