Malevich’s Black Square to feature in new comedy cartoon

5 March 2014
Text Nadia Beard

Erarta, Russia’s largest privately owned contemporary art museum, has launched a new comedy cartoon series called The Adventures of BB Square, whose central character is based on Kazimir Malevich’s famous painting Black Square. The first of four black squares painted by the artist between 1915 and the 1930s, Malevich’s Black Square marked a turning point in the avant-garde movement in Russia, and became a seminal work of 20th-century Russian art.

The cartoon centres round the life of BB Square, a character whose ability to teleport figures from paintings into real life tears down barriers between art and reality. Featuring artwork from five centuries, the cartoon series breathes life into a great array of artistic figures and artists, ranging from the early 16th-century Renaissance art of Hieronymus Bosch to Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe in the 1960s.

The series was designed and developed by well-known film animators Dmitry Visotskiy and Andrey Sikorsky. “In this cartoon series the boundaries and distance existing between people and art are completely erased, which is precisely what we want to achieve in real life – to bring people closer to art”, said Vadim Varvarin, president of the Erarta Fund.

The series can be found on Erarta’s YouTube channel Erarta TV, with a total of 12 episodes to be released over the next few months.