Zdeněk Sýkora

Zdeněk Sýkora

Painter Zdeněk Sýkora ranks amongst the elite of artists pursuing geometric tendencies in Czech art whose beginnings can be found in the early 1960s. His unmistakable morphology developed gradually: abstracting landscape paintings led him to geometric forms which can be compared to Op Art. After exhausting their black and white equally as color combinations, Sýkora arrived at the geometry of accident, recording computer-generated data on canvas in the form of lines after exact rules. The color scale of the lines, their density, direction and thickness were determined by numbers. Sýkora gradually varied this method as well and gained his renown mainly by these linear paintings. The system of pre-destined accident – as is, after all, proved by the paintings – is not solely a mechanical aid to create patterns: for accident is the intrinsic part of our life and the origins of the universe. The infinity of the latter is referred to by Sýkora’s lines which do not end with the edge of his paintings. Also infinite is the subject itself whose visual aspects will never cease to fascinate us. Sýkora is one of the few contemporary Czech artists to have achieved significant reputation abroad and his works are part of many collections all over the world as are, for example, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the MUMOK in Vienna. Sýkora is a phenomenon who never ceases to fascinate us. Every attempt at interpreting his work, however, ends up in describing his artistic method. His catalogues are often characteristic of a total lack of text because his work is perfectly capable of speaking for itself. Zdeněk Sýkora himself once said: “The more I wish my paintings to be just what they are, the more they are everything.” Zdeněk Sýkora was born in the Czech city of Louny in 1920. He graduated from the Academy of Architecture and the Pedagogical Faculty at the Charles University in Prague where he also later lectured for many years, influencing several generations of both artists and theoreticians. His approach to artistic work was fundamentally affected by his encounter with paintings by Matisse in the St Petersburg’s Hermitage in 1957. In the 1960s, Sýkora was member of the art group Crossroad (Křižovatka), when he created his first structures and realizations for architecture (for example in the Prague neighborhood of Letná or in the Jindřišká Street). In 1985, he began collaborating on paintings with his wife, Lenka. Sýkora’s most recent realization for architecture can be found in the building of flight operation in Jeneč near Prague.

 

Artworks of this author offered by Prague Art & Design

100 Lines I., II., III | Zdeněk SýkoraLinien Album | Zdeněk SýkoraThe Red-Green Structure | Zdeněk SýkoraDetail No. 21 | Zdeněk SýkoraLinien | Zdeněk Sýkora13 Lines for Karel Hynek Mácha | Zdeněk Sýkora

Zdeněk Sýkora

* 1920, Louny, Czech Republic

Solo Exhibitions

1952 | Zdenek Sykora
1970 | Zdenek Sykora
1979 | Zdenek Sykora
1983 | Zdenek Sykora
1986 | Zdenek Sykora
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1995 | Retrospective
1995 | Objects
1996 | Zdenek Sykora
1997 | Zdenek Sykora
1998 | Zdenek Sykora
2000 | Zdenek Sykora
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2003 | Zdenek Sykora
2008 | Zdeněk Sykora - Grafika
2010 | Zdenek Sykora 90
2011 | Zdeněk Sýkora

Group Exhibitions

1955
Exhibition of UB Members

1960
Creative Group of UB

1962
Painters, sculptors

1964
Crossroad
Artistic Ceilidh 1964

1965
Nuove realitá nell\' arte de Cecoslovacchia contemporanea
Nova Tendencija 3
Transfiguration de l\'art Tcheque
V. Biennale internazionale d\'Arte contemporanea della Repubblica di San Marino

1966
UB 1966
Constructive Tendentions
New Ways
Actual Tendentions of Czech Art
Socialistic Outpost
Tschechoslowakische Kunst der Gegenwart

1967
One Constituency of Choice

1968
Dodekaedr
New Sensitivity
Modern Czech Graphics
Documenta 4
Contemporary Prints from Czechoslovakia
Recent Graphics from Prague
6. International Biennial Exhibition of Prints
British International Print Bienniale

1969
2. Exhibition of Additions of GBR Collection
Biennale 69 - Kontruktive Kunst: Elemente und Prinzipien
L\'art tchéque actuel
Tendencije 4
L\'Oeil ecuté
5. tsjechische Grafici

1970
Confrontation
Graphics
5 tsejichische Grafici
Graphics from Czechoslovakia

1971
Arteonica
Biennale 2 - Was die Schönheit sei - das weiss ich nicht

1972
50 Jahre Konstruktivismus in Europa

1973
Programm - Zufall - System
3. Internationaler Markt für aktuelle Kunst

1974
Symposion 74
International Computer Art Exhibition

1976
McCrory Collection

1977
McCrory Collection

1978
McCrory Collection

1979
Concrete Czech Graphics

1981
Cycle Média/81

1983
Wspólczeszna sztuka czeska

1984
Small is Beautiful

1986
Konstruktivisme - i Lousianas samling efter gaven gra The Riklis-McCrory Collection
Trends in Geometric Abstract Art
Sammlung Etzold - Ein Zeitdokument

1987
Mathematik in der Kunst der letzen 30 Jahre
Arbeitskreis Symposium

1988
Geometry in Contemporary Czech Art

1989
Computer Art in CSSR and World
Tschechische Malerei heute
Zomer Accrochage
Konkret 9

1990
Artist Tribute to Jindrich Chalupecky
Les pragois - Les années de silence
Constructive Tendentions of 60\'s
Künstler der Galerie
Gegenüberstellung von tschechoslowakischer mit westeuropäischer und Konkreter Kunst aus den USA

1991
Papier aus Prag
Tradition und Avantgarde in Prag
Grey Brick

1992
Zafalt als Prinzip - Spielwelt, Methode und System in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts
Still Exhibition of Czech Art of 20th Century
Arte Contemporanea Ceca e Slovacca 1950-1992
Minisalon
Czech Art 1960-1990
Artistic Ceilidh 1992

1993
Czech Geometry
Auge-Gehirn-Handmaschine, Computer und Kunst
Inter-Kontakt-Grafik \'93
Czech, Slovakian and Austrian Exhibition
Identity Today
Konstruierte Unregelmässingkeit, programmiertes \"Chaos\", fraktale Geometrie - 6 Kůnstler
Artistic Ceilidh
Aus der Sammlung
Konkrete Kunst im Wandel
Poetry of Rationality
Détente
Record of Most Various Elements

1994
Czech Graphics in 60\'s
Art in 60\'s and 70\'s in Louny
Konstruieren als Kunst - Art et Mathémathiques
Foci of Rebirth
Artistic Ceilidh 1994
Jubiläumsausstellung

1995
Czech Art of 20th Century
Art Frankfurt
Inter-Kontakt-Grafik \\\'95
Black & White
Art Cologne - Internationaler Kunstmarkt
Orbis Fictus
Internationale Graphik und Multiples
2nd Auction Salon of Artists

1996
Galerie Ruce aus Prag
FINEART \'96
Repeated Stories, Tradition in New
Czech Art from Collection of GHMP
Hypothese - Experiment - Erfindung
20 Jahre Moderne Galerie
Computer Graphics
Art of Pawned Time
Open Door, Konkrete Kunst
European Art Forum
Artistic Ceilidh 1996

1997
Morning of Sorcerers?
Dear Friends
3rd Auction Salon of Artists
Made in CZ - Works on Paper
Art Chicago 1997, 5th Trade Fair
Art 28\'97 - Die internationale Kunstmesse
Meisterzeichnungen + Skulpturen der Moderne von 1945-1975
Artistic Ceilidh
European Art Concrete
Art Forum Berlin
Transformations of Landscape in Czech Paintings of 20th Century
Artistic Ceilidh
From Private Collections of Litomysl and Ambient

1998
Tendentions of 60\'s
(UN) - genau, Linien - Schlieren - Streifen - Strukturen, European Art Concrete
About Nature
Art of Collage
La nature, en dix chapitres
Kunst im Aufbruch
Art Cologne - 32. Internationale Messe für Moderne Kunst
4th Auction Salon of Artists
Artistic Ceilidh
Art Forum Berlin, ...Rückblick

1999
Die Natur in zehn Kapiteln
Czech Serigraphy
Ten Chapters About Nature
Colorism
Art of Elevated Time
Art Cologne - 33. Internationaler Kunstmarkt
Action - Word - Motion - Place

2000
Aspekte/Positionen
Echoes of Cubism
Artistic Ceilidh 1999/2000
Contemporary Past
The End of the World?
L\'autre moitié de l\'Europe 4
Art a Centreeuropa 1949-1999
30 Jahre Sammlung Etzold
Actual Infinite
Two Ends of the Century
Art Cologne
5. Auction Salon of Artists
100 + 1

2001
Art of Four Beverages, Tea Meeting - Meditation III
Definition of Chance
Audit II
Accrochage 01
Shoes or no Shoes?
25 Jahre Quadrat Bottrop
Situation
Die Sammlung, Eröffnungsausstellung des Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in MuseumsQuartier

2002
Old & New, Many Works by Many Artists
Czech Graphics
Black & White
Opening of Collection of Czech Arts in 60\'s from Foundation of Jana and Meda Mladek
Art Prague 2002, Galerie Bleibtreu
Lanterna Magika, New Technologies in Czech Art of the 20th Century
6th Auction Salon of Artists

2003
Art is Abstraction
World Like Structure, Structure Like View
Records of Time
...about Technique
Hommage to the Square
Tot zo ver
Ecce Light
Sellection of Drawings, Graphics and Collages from Collection of Jan and Meda Mladek
100 Years of Artistic Ceilidh

2009
Zdeněk Sýkora - Karel Malich: Lines and Wires - A Dialogue

2011
BIG NAMES - Lhoták, Kolář, Kubíček, Novák, Sýkora

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